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Welfare Reform on the Web (July 2000): Social Care - UK - Community Care

CARING ABOUT CARERS: ONLY HALF THE PICTURE

L. Loyd

Critical Social Policy, issue 62, 2000, p. 136-150

Article examines the Labour government's Strategy for Carers, and considers its significance for people in informal caring relationships. Crucially, the strategy does not take into account the perspectives of people who receive care, and so is potentially divisive. It runs a real risk of putting the interests of carers above those of people who are the recipients of care.

CHARGING WITH CARE: HOW COUNCILS CHARGE FOR HOME CARE

Audit Commission

Audit Commission Publications, 2000

Report shows that elderly and disabled people, with similar needs and an equal ability to pay, could be charged anything from nothing to £120 for 12 hours of personal care depending on their postcode. In one third of local authorities, home care charges can leave people with less to live on than income support.

PROMOTING INDEPENDENCE IN BRIGHTON AND HOVE

P. Dale and P. Letchfield

Managing Community Care, vol. 8, Apr. 2000, p. 23-33

Case study demonstrates how one local authority approached the development of preventative services in response to the Department of Health's Promoting Independence initiative. Article considers the key building blocks of a preventative strategy (consultation and partnership, needs and risk assessment, monitoring and evaluation) and describes how an action plan was formulated.

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