"It ain't what you do, it's the way that you do it": adult social care under the coalition

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This chapter explores the coalition government’s overall track record on adult social care, focusing on the main policy priorities identified in the coalition agreement of 2010 (namely, the funding of long-term care, the relationship between health and social care, developing a preventative approach and the personalisation agenda). It also examines the impact of massive cuts in the local government budget. There was some apparent continuity between the coalition and New Labour on issues of integrated care, personalisation and prevention, but behind the rhetoric there may be less continuity than at first appears. In particular, the underlying value base and tactics behind such reforms may differ: ‘it ain’t what you do, it’s the way that you do it’.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe coalition government and social policy
Subtitle of host publicationrestructuring the welfare state
EditorsHugh Bochel, Martin Powell
PublisherPolicy Press
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781447324607 (EPUB), 9781447324614 (Kindle), 9781447324591
ISBN (Print)9781447324560, 9781447324577
Publication statusPublished - 24 Mar 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Social Sciences


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