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Welfare Reform on the Web (December 2010): Social care - UK

Agents of permanence

K. McGregor

Community Care, Oct. 21st 2010, p. 28-29

Use of temporary staff in social services departments is increasing, with some councils having 30% of posts filled by agency workers. Disadvantages of reliance on agency staff include cost and adverse impacts on team working and morale. On the other hand, they provide a flexible workforce which can reduce pressure on permanent staff at times of high demand.

The cap doesn't fit

M.-L. Clews

Community Care, Nov. 11th 2010, p. 30-31

The coalition government has placed a temporary cap on immigration from outside the European Union. This means that social services and care providers are unable to recruit staff from abroad to take up posts which they are unable to fill locally. Resulting staff shortages are placing vulnerable people at risk.

The Comprehensive Spending Review: special report

Community Care, Oct. 28th 2010, p. 4-9

This special report presents an overview of the impact of the coalition government's public spending cuts on social care. It predicts the loss of up to 50,000 jobs in the sector, higher charges and changes in eligibility criteria for council services, a rise in rough sleeping, and more pressure on adult and children's services.

Reviewing the reviews

S. Gillen and J. Devo

Professional Social Work, Nov. 2010, p. 14-15

In every part of the UK social work is under review and subject to reform. This article offers a summary of what is happening where and what it could mean for social work in England and the devolved administrations of Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Transfer of GSCC conduct functions 'will not disrupt social work practice'

K. McGregor

Community Care, Oct. 21st 2010, p. 10

This article discusses the implications of the transfer of the social care register from the General Social Care Council to the Health Professions Council. The transfer is likely to result in some major long term changes to social work regulation, particularly a move to a fitness to practise model of regulation, where social workers are held accountable for their professional competence as well as their conduct. The appeals process is also likely to change, with appeals against decisions being heard by the High Court rather than the First-tier (Care Standards) Tribunal.

A vision for adult social care: capable communities and active citizens

Department of Health


This vision paper focuses on the coalition government's commitment to: 1) break down barriers between health and social care funding to incentivise preventative action; 2) extend the rollout of personal budgets to give people and their carers more control and purchasing power; and 3) use direct payments to carers and better community-based provision to improve access to respite care. This vision sets a new agenda for adult social care in England. The government wants to make services more personalised, more preventative and more focused on delivering the best outcomes for those who use them.

What is 'more integration' between health and social care? Results of a survey of primary care trusts and directors of adult social care in England

R. Gleave and others

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.18, Oct. 2010, p. 29-43

This paper presents the results of a survey of primary care trusts and directors of adult social services undertaken in December 2009 and January 2010 about their approaches to integrated working. The survey results are presented in the context of the history of integrated working between health and social care, and the recent policy announcements of the coalition government.

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