Paying for it: the human cost of cut-price care

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Koehler, Ingrid
Local Government Information Unit
Date of publication
21 March 2017
Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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This report looks at the human side of a care market on the brink of failure, and presents stories from across the care system. It examines why care is priced so low and how people end up paying for cut-price care.

The research covers several topics including how home care works, how it is paid for, and how much does home care cost.

In conclusion this paper suggests that the cause of the crisis is insufficient funding, and that councils are hard pressed to stretch their budgets to all of those who need care. Recommendations are provided for councils and central government.

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