A consumer’s guide to local government by Martin Minogue (eds.)

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The community care of physically and mentally handicapped and mentally ill people also requires a major expansion of training,rehabilitation and facilities for 'sheltered' work experience. At present, too few people pass through these into 'unprotected' life and work. Several authorities'are striving to improve the rehabilitative conte nt of their services. One approach adopted by Coventry MDC and Cambridgeshire CC among others, has been to negotiate semi·protected 'work enclaves' in local industrial firms.

Why does South Glamorgan CC have three times the proportion of children in care as Dyfed CC? Some of these variations can be explained by differences in needs. Tower HamIets LB c1early has more poor people, one parent families and recent immigrants to the country than SolihuIl MDC. Studies have shown, however, that differences are just as much related to values and political will as to varying needs. 7 less than the national average? Or are residents elsewhere too weIl cared for? The causes of variations in need are complicated, but if your authority has fairly high ratios of children and elderly people and if incomes are low, then it should be spending wen above average on its personal social services.

This horne is designed for small groups of residents to live elose to each other, as are hornes in 33 Cambridgeshire CC, Coventry MDC and Tameside MDC, which are working along the same lines. The Personal Social Services Council singled out residential care as the area in which complaints procedures were urgently in need of clarification. They posed a series of pertinent questions, such as: who can request an inquiry? Who is responsible for recommending one and after what sort of investigation?

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