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A protest in May 2018 against the cuts happening under the LSS law. Credit: Janerik Henriksson/TT
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Elisabeth Sandlund, member of the organisation FUB working for people with intellectual disabilities. Credit: Ulla Engberg/Sveriges Radio

Many fear rollbacks on disabled care as government review concludes

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A government-backed review of a law that guarantees support and care for persons with disabilities has many worried it will lead to a cut in the services the law provides.

LSS, the law's Swedish acronym, was adopted unanimously by parliament 25 years ago. It was revolutionary, at the time, giving people with disabilities the right to live a life away from big institutions, by getting help with their basic needs in a home-like environment. It also granted access to personal assistance so that people could take part in society, have jobs, a social life and more.

But as costs for that care rose, local governments and states agencies sought to keep a lid on them. And those in the disability rights movement believe that the review will cement those restrictions rather than call for them to be rolled back.

Radio Sweden spoke with Elisabeth Sandlund, a board member at an organisation for people with mental disabilities, about their worries.

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