Sustainable social care: what role for community business

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Bedford, Sarah; Harper, Aidan
Power to Change
Date of publication
1 August 2018
Community Development and Regeneration, Social Work, Social Care and Social Services
Social welfare
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The current debate about adult social care is centred on funding reform, which is urgently needed. But we will struggle to evaluate funding options in a meaningful way until we have determined how to improve the system. The UK's approach to social care is unsustainable, not least because it waits until care needs are acute before addressing them.

Shifting towards sustainability requires innovation from creative people and organisations. Community businesses are beginning to step up to the plate. These are
organisations, usually small in scale, that emerge when communities come together to address challenges they face. They are locally rooted, and trade for the benefit of, are accountable to, and have a positive impact on the local community. A small but growing number are using their knowledge of people and place to develop social care models.

This report seeks to meet the need among community businesses and other communityled care models to communicate the role they can play in sustainable social care. It also aims to shed light on the perspectives of commissioners, who shape care markets alongside providers and citizens, and therefore play a part in determining that role.

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