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Care, community and citizenshipResearch and practice in a changing policy context$
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Susan Balloch and Michael Hill

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9781861348715

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781861348715.001.0001

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Care, citizenship and community in the UK

Care, citizenship and community in the UK

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Care, community and citizenship

Susan Balloch

Policy Press

This chapter focuses on recent policy developments in the UK that have revived concepts of citizenship and community within the context of care. It identifies positive developments such as the move away from institutional care to home care; the development of more integrated working between health and social care; the increasing emphasis on independence, choice, rights, and citizenship; and the drive to relate local services to local needs. The chapter also identifies the welcome, renewed emphasis in the Green and White Papers on strengthening links between communities and social care. But the picture is very mixed, and the market in social care means that there are not only winners, but losers too. The high costs of care require rationing, with strict criteria to determine eligibility for statutory services and limits on the extent of statutory support. In spite of the move away from residential care towards more intensive home care, there are many in need who cannot benefit from either.

Keywords:   community care policy, policy development, home care, health care, social care

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