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Personal social services: developments in adult social care

Caroline Glendinning and Robin Means

in Social Policy Review 18

Published by Policy Press

Published in print June 2006 | ISBN: 9781861348449
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303459 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781861348449.003.0001
Personal social services: developments in adult social care

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This chapter examines policy developments in 2005 in social care for adults and older people, focusing on three key policy documents covering disabled people, adult social care and older people. It notes that the policies proposed seek to promote active citizenship, social inclusion, independence, an improved quality of life and enhance well-being. It explains that services relevant to these aims are envisaged as extending more broadly than those that have traditionally been considered the province of social care provision, including resources such as leisure, transport and housing support. It identifies a number of important problems in using individual consumer choice in quasi-markets as the means for ensuring equitable and appropriate social care provision. The chapter also identifies some important unresolved issues about the relationship between the direction of policy in relation to social care and current developments in the health service.

Keywords: policy developments; social care; adults and older people; active citizenship; social inclusion; independence; health service

Chapter.  6524 words. 

Subjects: Social Research and Statistics

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