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Putting the cart before the horse: resource allocation systems and community care

Series, Lucy and Clements, Luke 2013. Putting the cart before the horse: resource allocation systems and community care. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law 35 (2) , pp. 207-226. 10.1080/09649069.2013.800288

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Abstract

The English Care Bill provides for all eligible community care service users to have a personal budget – and councils were required to ensure that 70% of such users had one by April 2013. Almost all English authorities are experimenting with Resource Allocation Systems (RASs) as a way of calculating these budgets. This paper describes and critically analyses the nature of the RASs being used and the increasing body of case law they are attracting – in particular the Supreme Court's 2012 judgment in R (KM) Cambridgeshire County Council. The paper draws on research involving 20 local authorities concerning their use of RASs and represents the first in-depth legal examination of the claims made by proponents of the use of RASs. It challenges many of the claims made concerning such systems- in particular that they are ‘more transparent’, ‘more equitable’, ‘simpler’ and less discretionary than the traditional social work led community care assessment process.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Law
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
K Law > K Law (General)
Uncontrolled Keywords: community care; personalisation; R (KM) Cambridgeshire County Council; Resource Allocation Systems
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Group
ISSN: 0964-9069
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 05:01
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/47395

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