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Welfare Reform on the Web (August 1999): Social Care - UK - Community Care

CHOOSING AND PAYING FOR CARE

G. C. Wenger
Health and Social Care in the Community, vol. 7, 1999, p. 187-197

Paper presents data from before and after the implementation in 1993 of the 1990 NHS and Community Care Act. Data shows clear preferences for statutory services to meet most health and social needs. There are also indications that the introduction of charges for services reduce uptake. There is conclusive evidence that the majority of older people can afford neither private insurance nor private services. Findings also suggest that those with greater savings and higher incomes are prepared to pay for private hospital treatment. Thus the inequities of the present system seem set to become more extensive.

COURT BATTLES RAGE OVER CHARGES

N. Valios
Community Care, no. 1271, 1999, p. 1

In January 1998 Powys Council introduced a new charging scheme under which people on Income Support together with Disability Living Allowance or Attendance Allowance paid more for home care services than those who only received Income Support. The High Court has dismissed allegations that this amounted to discrimination under the Disability Discrimination Act 1995.

GAINING OUR VOICE: THE DEVELOPING PATTERN OF GOOD PRACTICE IN USER INVOLVEMENT

C. Evans
Managing Community Care, vol. 7, April 1999, p. 7-13

The knowledge and experience users and professionals have gained in user involvement since the implementation of community care is leading to the development of good practice models, covering strong user-controlled organisations and redefinition of the professional role in enabling and valuing user expertise. Such user organisations have a role to play in community care as development agencies and service providers.

MIKE TRACE URGES DRUG FIELD TO THINK AHEAD

H. Shapiro
Druglink, vol. 14, May/June 1999, p. 10

In an interview with Druglink, Mike Trace, the UK deputy anti-drugs co-ordinator, has expressed his concerns that the drug field is not geared up for the expansion promised by the extra money coming from the Comprehensive Spending Review.

PRIVATE MOVE TO SET UP REVIEW BODY ON FUNDING AND REGULATION

R. Fairburn
Caring Times, May 1999, p. 9

Reports on setting up of the Independent Sector Review Body on Long Term Care to look at the way in which funding for community care has been used at local level, to make proposals for its more effective use where appropriate, to evaluate the extent to which the operation of the Registered Homes Act 1984 may have fallen short of reasonable expectation, and to make recommendations on the future shape and direction of regulation.

THE PROVISION OF HOUSING, CARE AND SUPPORT IN RURAL AREAS

C. Oldman
Housing, Care and Support, vol. 1, Dec. 1998, p. 12-15

Article introduces the Housing Associations Charitable Trust (HACT), which, working closely with the Rural Development Commission and the Housing Corporation, will be funding up to 30 rural supported housing projects over the next three years. The term 'supported housing' has been defined very broadly, to include care and support initiatives to look after people in their own homes as well as supported housing provision. The University of York has started an evaluation of the project.

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