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Welfare Reform on the Web: March 2013 - Social Work and Social Care

The abstracts below relate to Social Work and Social Care, which are taken from material scanned in February 2013.

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Title: The Care and Support Bill: time to start lobbying our MPs?

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The first draft of the Care and Support Bill has been issued by the Department of Health and is due to go through Parliament in 2013 and to come into force in 2015. It abolishes a number of statutes but without changing the concepts underpinning their content: discretion, duty, rationing, appropriateness, suitability and necessity. The Council will remain the gatekeeper of public money.

Author(s): Schwehr, Belinda
Series: Community Living
Year: 2012
Volume: vol. 26
Part: no. 2
Pages: p. 10-11
Link to British Library catalogue record: http://primocat.bl.uk/F?func=direct&local_base=PRIMO&doc_number=011816264&con_lng=prm

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Title: Inquiry urged into death of woman left without care

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An MP called for an investigation into the death of an elderly woman from hunger and dehydration following bureaucratic confusion between the UK Border Agency and Surrey County Council. Gloria Foster, who was in her 80s, was alone for nine days after the company that she paid to take care of her was closed by the UKBA for employing illegal immigrants. The council was given the company records but apparently failed to go to Foster's aid. Foster's MP, Crispin Blunt, described her ordeal as 'horrific'. He said: 'Clearly there are questions to answer and I would expect a comprehensive investigation between all of the agencies involved. I said last week that I would certainly not like to pre-judge any more of the narrative before it is formally established. Yesterday's desperately sad developments can only increase the salience of that need.' The former secretary, who had no children and whose husband died 30 years ago, was incapacitated after a stroke and relied on four visits a day for basic needs.

Author(s): Urquhart, Conal
Series: Guardian
Year: 2013
Part: Feb. 6th
Pages: p. 7
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/05/elderly-woman-left-to-starve

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Title: Cameron abandons inheritance tax pledge

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George Osborne, the Chancellor, announced that the level at which inheritance tax became payable would be frozen at £325,000 until at least 2019 in order to fund reform of the social care system. The decision meant that the owners of an average home in much of Southern England would be liable for inheritance tax. Critics said it was a 'double tax' as it was a levy on assets already raided by the taxman and accused the Treasury of 'picking people's pockets'.

Author(s): Winnett, Robert; Dominiczak, Peter
Series: Daily Telegraph
Year: 2013
Part: Feb. 11th
Pages: p. 1, 2
Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/personalfinance/consumertips/tax/9861439/David-Cameron-abandons-inheritance-tax-pledge.html

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Title: 'Miserly' social care reforms will benefit one pensioner in five

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Under Government plans for the reform of social care funding, any older adult with assets, including their home, worth more than £123,000 would have to pay for the first £75,000 of their care costs from 2017. They would also have to pay accommodation costs of up to £12,000 annually when in a nursing home.Analysis by Demos suggested that the £75,000 cap would benefit about 1.4m people. The average single person requiring care would have a house worth £160,000 and so would not benefit from means-tested assistance. Ministers claimed the cap would allow people to save to cover costs, but Dot Gibson, general secretary of the National Pensioners Convention, said that setting the cap at £75,000 would help just 10% of those needing care.

Author(s): Ross, Tim; Winnett, Robert
Series: Daily Telegraph
Year: 2013
Part: Feb. 11th
Pages: p. 10
Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9861682/Miserly-social-care-will-benefit-one-pensioner-in-five.html

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Title: £75,000 cap on care costs is too high, says architect of reforms

Abstract:

Andrew Dilnot, the head of the commission set up to reform social care funding, commented that setting the lifetime cap on social care costs for older people at £75,000 from 2017 was too high. He had recommended a cap of £35,000, but this was blocked by the Treasury, which said it was unaffordable for taxpayers. Mr Dilnot accepted, however, that the Coalition had been forced to raise the cap because of the poor state of the public finances.

Author(s): Winnett, Robert; Dominiczak, Peter
Series: Daily Telegraph
Year: 2013
Part: Feb. 12th
Pages: p. 14
Link: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9863850/75000-cap-on-care-costs-is-too-high-says-architect-of-reforms.html

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Title: Hunt blames economy for 75,000 cap

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Ministers were accused of acting in an 'unambitious miserly' way after the health secretary Jeremy Hunt blamed economic austerity for the decision to offer a less generous state contribution to covering the costs of social care. As Labour accused the government of taking only a faltering step away from the current 'cruel lottery' in the care system, the centre-left thinktank Demos released figures which showed that nearly 120,000 elderly people would lose out under the new system. Hunt blamed challenging economic circumstances for the decision to reject the recommendation by the Oxford economist Andrew Dilnot for the government to cap the costs of social care at £35,000. The government proposed instead to cap the costs at £75,000 from April 2017 at an annual cost of £1bn to be funded from employer contributions to the new second tier pension and extending a freeze on inheritance tax to 2019.

Author(s): Watt, Nicholas
Series: Guardian
Year: 2013
Part: Feb. 11th
Pages: p. 15
Link: http://www.guardian.co.uk/society/2013/feb/11/jeremy-hunt-social-care-austerity

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Title: The role of partnership functioning and synergy in achieving sustainability of innovative programmes in community care

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Sustainability is increasingly important in community care because the effects of innovative programmes can be maintained over a long period. However,the relationships between partnership functioning, synergy and the sustainability of innovative programmes in community care have not been elucidated to date. This study recruited a sample of 106 professionals involved in 21 partnerships delivering innovative community care programmes in Rotterdam. Results showed that: 1) sustainability of innovations in community care is positively influenced by leadership and nonfinancial resources; 2) partnership synergy acts as a mediator for partnership functioning and significantly affects sustainability of innovations in community care; and 3) synergy between partners promotes sustainability of innovative programmes in community care

Author(s): Cramm, Jane M; Phaff, Sanne; Nieboer, Anna P
Series: Health and Social Care in the Community
Year: 2013
ISSN: 1365-2524
Volume: vol. 21
Pages: p. 209-215
Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1365-2524/issues

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Title: Social work, family welfare and Muslim personal law in South Africa

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Muslim Personal Law (MPL) is a branch of Islamic Law (sharıah) that regulates family life in Islam including marriage, divorce, custody and maintenance arrangements. The South African government in consultation with relevant stakeholders is seeking to implement MPL through the country’s courts to provide a legal framework to regulate
Muslim marriages and family matters attendant to it. Draft legislation in the form of the Muslim Marriages Bill exists for this purpose. This paper explores the complexities for social work and family welfare in these circumstances. It overviews historical and communal practices of MPL that have negatively affected the Muslim community, presents core tenets of classical MPL vis-a`-vis the state’s attempt at its codification, and examines the role of social workers and welfare practitioners in providing sensitive and equitable services to Muslim clients within the framework of the proposed legislation.

Author(s): Abdullah, Somaya
Series: Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law
Year: 2012
ISSN: 1469-9621
Volume: vol. 34
Pages: p. 315-323
Link: http://www.tandfonline.com/loi/rjsf20

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Title: Factors impacting market occupancy on non-profit human services organizations in the public social service market: focused on an individual level

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The Korean government is currently promoting competition among social service providers. A case in point is the voucher system, which allows beneficiaries to choose their service provider. Non-profit social services providers, which used to enjoy stable funding, now have to compete for business. This study seeks to identify the factors which give organisations a competitive advantage in the market. Results suggest that non-profit human services organisations should have an externally oriented culture and and flexible internal systems to thrive in the public social services market.

Author(s): Kwon, Sunae
Series: Asian Social Work and Public Policy Review
Year: 2013
ISSN: 1753-1411
Volume: vol. 7
Pages: p. 61-77
Link: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1753-1411/issues

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