Personal Care Provision in England and Scotland Comparison Essay by Mark Lewis

Personal Care Provision in England and Scotland
A detailed layout of how, with the formation of an SNP minority government, the differences in social care provisions between Scotland and England will increase, over the coming years.
# 107514 | 2,642 words | 6 sources | MLA | 2005 | GB

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This paper compares and contrasts the provision of personal care in England and Scotland. The paper states that, as a result of the devolution process there exists marked differences between the way in which the Scottish and English parliaments have legislated on the question of personal care and the difference with England is more prevalent in Scotland that it is in Wales, due to the tax raising powers at the disposal of the Scottish executive. The paper suggests that apparent disparity is formed because of a general difference in attitudes towards personal care north of the boarder. The paper views that the primary causes of differences in personal care provision between England and Scotland lies firstly in financing, and secondly in an inherent wish on the part of the Scots to develop a system distinct from that of their English counterparts.

From the Paper:

"Now there can be little doubt that financing such a wide ranging and universal care provision is an expensive undertaking. The idea of free health care based on the preponderance of need was first legislated in unambiguous terms with the introduction of the welfare state by the post Second World War Labour government. However, as the decades have passed there has emerged a realisation on the part of policy makes in Westminster that maintaining the ethos of free health care must be balanced with the hard economics of modern medicine. As technological, scientific and medical advances increase, so to does the cost of offering such new provisions. As such, it has generally been felt in Westminster that free universal care provision for the elderly is something that cannot be financially supported, certainly in the long run."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Davey et al. "Direct Payments: A National Survey of Direct Payments, Policy and Practice" Pearson, London; 2007.
  • ESRC, Economic and Research Council. "Society Today", September 2007.
  • Hansard Parliamentary Debates, 8 November 2007; 0005.
  • Lawton, Annie. "Supporting Self Advocacy" London: Social Care Institute for Excellence, 1997.
  • Scottish Centre for Social Research, "Different Polices, Different Priorities?" Edinburgh; March 2007.

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