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Personal budgets in adult social care: the fact and the fiction of the Care Act 2014

Tarrant, Alison (2020) Personal budgets in adult social care: the fact and the fiction of the Care Act 2014. Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 42 (3). pp. 281-298. ISSN 0964-9069. E-ISSN 1469-9621. (doi:10.1080/09649069.2020.1796224) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:81108)

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Abstract

Personal budgets have been heavily promoted in government policy in England as a means of increasing the personalisation of public services, particularly in the field of adult social care. The Care Act 2014 for the first time creates a statutory requirement for personal budgets to be allocated to all individuals using state funded social care. This article examines how a particular rhetoric has developed in social care policy around personal budgets, which draws freely on the language of the disabled people’s movement and suggests that grassroots ideas are the central purpose for the introduction of personal budgets into policy. It considers whether the promises made in policy are embedded in the 2014 Act and finds that there is a mismatch between claims in social care policy on the one hand and the model of personal budgets created by the 2014 Act on the other. It concludes that the policy rhetoric around personal budgets directly appropriates the language and ideas of the disabled people’s movement while promoting a wholly distinct agenda of public sector marketisation.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1080/09649069.2020.1796224
Uncontrolled keywords: Personal budgets, adult social care, personalisation, Care Act 2014, disability, independent living
Subjects: K Law
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > Kent Law School
Depositing User: Sian Robertson
Date Deposited: 04 May 2020 11:03 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2021 14:12 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/81108 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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