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The social care challenge

The social care challenge

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In this paper Jonathan Carr-West argues that while radical changes are needed, many local authorities are not waiting for long-term decisions on funding to be decided but are already innovating in social care.
In this paper Jonathan Carr-West argues that while radical changes are needed, many local authorities are not waiting for long-term decisions on funding to be decided but are already innovating in social care.

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Published by: The RSA on Jan 16, 2013
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Plugging the Gap: The Social Care Challenge
 
Plugging the Gap
The UK is facing the largest public sector spending cuts since the
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s.Faced with the challenges this brings, there is a need for rapid and focusedthinking. If citizens are expected to ‘do more’ we are going to need newkinds of services in order to support them to this end. As further toughpolicy and funding choices are made, can new forms of communityengagement and social enterprise help to bridge the gap, ensuring thatthe
 
most vulnerable and poorest are not left behind?Through a series of papers published in
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, Plugging the Gap willaddress these questions and develop ideas for practical responses to theshrinking state and cuts to services. The project will focus on how localservices, citizens, networks and community assets can be better deployedto plug the gap of a shrinking state, while speaking to longer term ques-tions around the shape of services and citizens roles in delivering these.It will seek to generate debate and action amongst RSA’s
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-strongFellowship and broader stakeholders and identify opportunities andbarriers to innovation in austerity.In this paper Jonathan Carr-West argues that while radical changesare
 
needed, many local authorities are not waiting for long-term decisionson
 
funding to be decided but are already innovating in social care.

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