Reduced Social Care rights implemented in England

Although the English Government indicated that major reductions to social care rights in  would not be triggered until there was an imminent risk of councils failing to fulfil their duties – with the Coronavirus Act 2020 gaining Royal Assent the Government has promptly pulled the trigger and downgraded these rights (on 31st March) see The Coronavirus Act 2020 (Commencement No. 2) Regulations 2020.  For commentary on the impact of these changes click here.

Care Act ‘Easements’

The Coronavirus Act 2020 enables the Government to radically downgrade Care Act 2014 rights for disabled people and carers – the people who are most at risk in this emergency.  To add insult to injury, the Government has decided to refer to this as an ‘Easement’  rather than the emasculation that it is.  Click here to access the new Guidance on the amended duties under the Care Act 2014.

Health Budgets

An excellent paper written by Francesca Pozzoli ‘Health Budgets: A critical analysis of the NHS vision’ in the current edition of Research, Policy and Planning (2019) 33(2),69-84 includes the memorable passage:

The mantra of choice and control is so powerful, and so widespread within both health and social care, that it is now very difficult, both at a policy and practice level, to challenge such concepts or to substitute them with others.

For the full paper click here and scroll down to page 69.