Domiciliary Care Agency Responses to Increased User Choice: Perceived threats, barriers and opportunities from a changing market

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In December 2007 the Government announced the intention of introducing personalised budgets for everyone eligible for publicly-funded adult social care in England. Personalised budgets aim to allow users to exercise more choice and control over the support they receive. Currently, most LA-funded home care in England is provided by independent sector agencies through a variety of contractual arrangements, care managers purchase care for individual users from contracted agencies. The capacity of home care agencies to adapt from providing predominantly LA-commissioned services to much greater purchasing of services by individual personalised budget holders is not well researched. This study explored the potential impacts on home care agencies and the wider implications for the home care market of these changes.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUniversity of York, York
PublisherSocial Policy Research Unit, University of York
Number of pages98
ISBN (Print)978-1-871713-49-7
Publication statusPublished - 2008


  • funding issues
  • social care services issues
  • ill/disabled children
  • care for older people
  • funding
  • choice
  • personalisation of services

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