Journal Article

Reshaping Social Work Authorities in Scotland

NEIL MCGARVEY and ARTHUR MIDWINTER

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 26, issue 2, pages 209-221
Published in print April 1996 | ISSN: 0045-3102
e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordjournals.bjsw.a011080
Reshaping Social Work Authorities in Scotland

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This article examines the assumptions and arguments underpinning the case that the Government has made for reorganizing Scottish social work authorities. In particular the argument that the reforms will enhance both efficiency and accountability at no increase in the cost of senive delivery is examined. The neutral cost assumption is questioned with data provided showing that in England and Wales larger social services departments have lower unit costs. Moreover, the need for more joint and contractual arrangements under the new structures, which the government has itself acknowledged, could undermine efficiency as well as blurring accountability. Overall, it is argued that the government's case for change is based on shaky assumptions with little evidence, and the concern must be that the combination of reorganization and spending constraints will lead to reductions in semce provision in the new authorities.

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Subjects: Social Work

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