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The Conservative Party and community care

Jon Glasby

in The Conservative Party and social policy

Published by Policy Press

Published in print March 2011 | ISBN: 9781847424334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303718 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424334.003.0010
The Conservative Party and community care

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This chapter describes ideas on community care of the Conservative Party. The Conservative governments of 1979–97 were responsible for a series of major changes in the conceptualisation and delivery of community care services. As a result of these changes, the community care landscape changed dramatically. The election of New Labour seemed to offer an alternative way forward for community care. There are five main themes and issues from the New Labour inheritance that seem likely to be of particular significance to the Coalition government: funding, long-term care, social care infrastructure, personalisation and specific policy commitments. The current policy context suggests a number of dilemmas to which the Conservative Party and the Coalition government will have to respond. The New Labour governments of 1997–2010 developed a range of new approaches that often tended to continue previous themes, rather than breaking decisively with the past.

Keywords: community care; Conservative Party; Conservative governments; New Labour; Coalition government; funding; long-term care; social care infrastructure; personalisation; specific policy commitments

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