chapter  4
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Social services, community care and the market

Social care services for community care have been touched by the governmental social policy climate in ways directly comparable with the health service changes. The de-emphasis of state provision severely marginalised the traditional modus operandi of social services, not least because of continuing cutbacks in real public social expenditure (George, 1996), but also because of the new ‘imperatives’ in the turn towards the market and ‘welfare mix’. The adoption of the New Right philosophies calling for a refocusing upon individual, family and ‘community’ meant a reduced auto­ nomy for local authority social services departm ents now trans­ formed into enabling agencies relating to other independent and quasi-state providers (Sullivan, 1996).