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Welfare Reform on the Web (April 2001): Social Care - UK

CHARGING AND MEANS-TESTING

Department of the Environment, Transport and the Regions

London: 2001

Proposes that, once a service has been commissioned from a provider, it will be paid in full at the agreed level by the local authority through the Supporting People grant to the provider. The local authority will assess users' ability to pay charges, and, where appropriate, collect them. However vulnerable groups using supported housing will not be charged, including single homeless people, women fleeing domestic violence, young vulnerable people, ex-offenders and drug and alcohol abusers. Long-term service provision for those who need a package of support or warden services would be subject to a charging and means testing regime. This would include older people in sheltered housing, disabled people, and people with learning disabilities and mental health problems.

INTERMEDIATE CARE

Department of Health

London: 2001 (Health Service Circular 2001/01)

Sets out how intermediate care services are to be commissioned by the NHS and local authorities using the £900m allocated in the NHS Plan. £405m has been earmarked as NHS resources by 2003-04, leaving a total of £495m allocated to social services as part of their standard spending assessment without being ring fenced.

NEED A LITTLE HELP?

C. Caporn

Community Care, no. 1358, 2001, p. 24-25

Describes how the Improvement and Development Agency a government-backed consultancy, is helping failing social services departments recover.

SITUATIONS VACANT

P. McCurry

Community Care, no. 1358; 2001, p. 20-21

The recruitment crisis in social services is fuelling a bidding war among local authorities, particularly in London and the South East, to attract and retain good staff.