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The care act, personalisation and the new eligibility regulations: a discussion paper about the future of care and support services for homeless people in England

Cornes, Michelle, Mathie, Helen, Whiteford, Martin, Manthorpe, Jill and Clark, Michael (2015) The care act, personalisation and the new eligibility regulations: a discussion paper about the future of care and support services for homeless people in England. . Kings College London, Social Care Workforce Research Unit, London, UK.

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Abstract

As funding for Housing Related Support (formerly Supporting People) services continues to shrink, it is timely to revisit the question as to whether ‘homeless people’ are eligible for publically funded care and support, including personal budgets, organised through the local authority. The Care Act 2014 due to be implemented from April 2015 in England, heralds some positive changes which may serve to open the door to this funding stream which has rarely been used in support of ‘homeless people’. As the law currently stands ‘homeless people’ as a service user group are not eligible for community care assessment (though people who are homeless and who fall into one of the ‘eligible groups’ by virtue of having a mental health or drug and alcohol problem may be). The Care Act 2014 removes reference to ‘eligible’ and ‘ineligible’ groups so that any adult with any level of need will have a right to an assessment. Exploring some of the ways in which homeless people have been excluded from care and support in the past, this paper outlines how homeless organisations can work with local authorities to ensure fairer and more consistent access and in so doing, potentially secure their own futures in the face of fewer ‘block contracts’ and more individualised forms of commissioning.

Item Type: Monograph (Report)
Official URL: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/sspp/policy-institute/scwru/i...
Additional Information: © 2015 The Authors
Divisions: Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology
Sets: Research centres and groups > Personal Social Services Research Unit (PSSRU)
Date Deposited: 06 Mar 2015 10:05
Last Modified: 28 Jul 2019 23:19
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/61135

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