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Community care - crackers or what?

Community care - crackers or what? editorial he return of Alan people ‘in their own homes or in homely settings in the community’. how effective the service, how secure the arrangements for care and supervision? Richard Branson said he needs five years to turn things round, make the North West trains a success, and is getting bad press in the meantime. Our services have had forty years of rehousing people from institutions and fifteen years of the Community Care Act. On the evidence, is it a success? Is the administration efficient, do departments work together well, is good performance demonstrated, are services closely monitored, do they give value for money, do they have any value at all? It is not easy to answer these questions, and there is a temptation not to answer. Apart from being on message with New Labour, why bother with measuring value for money or best value? It’s just another diversion, it can’t be done properly, it’s interference by administrators and accountants. For those of you who believe this, then I suggest the radical alternative to value for money. It can be summarised in the words of Gerald Ratner before the fall: expensive Bennett to the television recently brought a http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Housing, Care and Support Pier Professional

Community care - crackers or what?

Housing, Care and Support , Volume 1 (4) – Dec 1, 1998

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Copyright © 1998 by Pier Professional Limited
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1460-8790
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editorial he return of Alan people ‘in their own homes or in homely settings in the community’. how effective the service, how secure the arrangements for care and supervision? Richard Branson said he needs five years to turn things round, make the North West trains a success, and is getting bad press in the meantime. Our services have had forty years of rehousing people from institutions and fifteen years of the Community Care Act. On the evidence, is it a success? Is the administration efficient, do departments work together well, is good performance demonstrated, are services closely monitored, do they give value for money, do they have any value at all? It is not easy to answer these questions, and there is a temptation not to answer. Apart from being on message with New Labour, why bother with measuring value for money or best value? It’s just another diversion, it can’t be done properly, it’s interference by administrators and accountants. For those of you who believe this, then I suggest the radical alternative to value for money. It can be summarised in the words of Gerald Ratner before the fall: expensive Bennett to the television recently brought a

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Housing, Care and SupportPier Professional

Published: Dec 1, 1998

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