We need to talk about doing social care differently. Of course the money matters. But the debate about social care should be about meaning and purpose as well as who pays

Burstow, Paul (2018) We need to talk about doing social care differently. Of course the money matters. But the debate about social care should be about meaning and purpose as well as who pays. The Guardian . ISSN 0261-3077

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A new year and a new minister will pick up the social care reform baton. But how far will they get before they pass it on or drop it? This year offers little prospect of short-term relief for the social care sector. I hope I am wrong, but the absence of any new funding in the November budget makes further cash unlikely. That means all eyes will be on the green paper and the 2018 budget to pave the way for a sustainable funding settlement. While 2017 saw greater public awareness of social care, there remains little understanding of the sector. Most people don’t know that social care is means tested or where it ends and the NHS begins. Before any funding reform can succeed, the veil of ignorance must be lifted. But funding for what? In 2018, the debate about social care must be more than a question of funding and who pays. Of course the money matters, the current offering from our state-subsidised system is limited, offers little innovation, compromises quality and is focused on task at the expense of relationships and connection. Social care in 2018: time to think about the future workforce Sharon Allen Read more In 2018, we need to talk about doing care differently. A new report by Independent Age is clear that there isn’t a one-size-fits-all solution.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Click on the official URL above to read this article. Published Mon 8 Jan 2018
Subjects: Social Welfare > Social Services
Department/People: Honorary Staff
Depositing User: Ms Linda Dolben
Date Deposited: 25 Jun 2018 10:50
Last Modified: 25 Jun 2018 10:50
URI: http://repository.tavistockandportman.ac.uk/id/eprint/1775

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