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Govt at risk of promoting unregulated social care

Published on 22/10/2009
The roll out of personalised budgets in social care is likely to put vulnerable people at risk, according to Unison.

A survey of social workers carried out by the union found that many fear the new system of administering social care, due to be deployed across England by 2011, will mean vital services are lost to the elderly.

In response, Daniel Blake, policy development manager at Action on Elder Abuse, commented that patients who access personal assistants through direct payments will miss out on the important criminal record checks and vetting process.

He said: "What we are seeing at the moment is government pushing direct payment as the only way in which people can have choice and control.

"The reality is it needs to be seen as one part of a much wider agenda."

According to the research, 62 per cent of social workers believe that systems for safeguarding vulnerable adults in the UK have been improving over the last five years.
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