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Mithran Samuel is adults' editor at Community Care.

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The revival of community social work – but with added user control

By Alex Fox, chief executive, Shared Lives Plus, the UK network for Shared Lives, Homeshare and small community servicesThe government is busy gathering views to feed into the development of a White Paper for social care in the Spring.  A key question being asked is: Can we move away from a system based on reaching […]

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The riots, recession and loneliness – it’s the young who are most at risk

By Bill Garland, deputy chief executive, CSVIt can be a common misconception that issues around isolation and loneliness are purely the preserve of older people, but this myth is shattered rather starkly by the latest ICM research commissioned by CSV’s Make a Difference Day campaign.CSV’s cross-Britain research into Riots, Recession and Loneliness published on the […]

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Dilnot is not perfect but ministers should get on with implementing it

By Melanie Henwood, independent health and social care consultantIt was never likely that the government would accept outright the recommendations of the Dilnot report on funding care and support, but Andrew Lansley’s cautious response in the House of Commons on 4 July gives grounds for concern.  While welcoming the report, the health secretary stated that […]

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Question marks surround Dilnot commission proposals

By Peter Beresford, chair of user-led organisation Shaping Our Lives, and professor of social policy at Brunel University. Much has happened in social care since the Dilnot commission on its future funding, which reports today, was established. We have had the scandals of Southern Cross and Winterbourne View Hospital, damning Equalities and Human Rights Commission […]

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Former learning disability tsar on how to avoid another Winterbourne View

By Rob Greig, chief executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion and former government national director for learning disabilities Why do we have such difficulty in learning from the past? Only a few years ago the Cornwall and Sutton abuse scandals led to significant action to prevent the abuse of people with learning disabilities […]

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Care funding commission is wrong to rule out compulsion

By Stephen Burke, director, United for All Ages Five months before the Dilnot commission on funding care is due to report, one of its members appears to have jumped the gun. According to national newspaper reports, Lord Warner told a conference on 15 February that compulsory contributions towards the cost of care would not feature […]

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Vulnerable women should not be jailed so don’t cut the alternative

By Baroness Jean CorstonMy first review into women in the penal system was prompted by the deaths of six women at Styal prison, Cheshire, between August 2002 and August 2003.   The youngest girl to take her own life in Styal during that time was Sarah Campbell, a victim of child sexual abuse, who had learning […]

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Helping homeless people have a good death

By Tes Smith social care lead, National End of Life Care Programme “How did I get here?” is a common if tragic response from a relatively young homeless person facing death, according to one experienced hostel manager. It can be difficult for a homeless person nearing the end of life to access good-quality end-of-life care […]

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Age UK’s verdict on the adult social care vision

By Stephen Lowe, policy adviser, Age UK Visions are not, by their nature, detailed manifestos. The new vision for adult social care is no exception; it sets out values and seven principles, all of which begin with the letter ‘p’, but leaves many of the wicked issues which affect the care system unresolved. There are […]

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Ending rough sleeping in London by 2012

By Richard Blakeway, Mayor of London’s housing adviser It is remarkable to think that a city where the authorities have recognised rough sleeping as a phenomenon for two hundred years could soon be closer to genuinely ending it.     Last month, the Mayor’s London Delivery Board, which brings together the voluntary sector with boroughs […]

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