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Social Care Inspector 'Nervous' about Lighter-Touch Regulation

Magazine article Public Finance

Social Care Inspector 'Nervous' about Lighter-Touch Regulation

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The government's move towards 'lighter-touch' regulation in adult social care creates new concerns, a senior inspector told delegates at the CIPFA social care finance conference this week

Peter West, head of performance and information management at the Commission for Social Care Inspection, told the conference that a new heath and social care performance framework, due to be announced in October, would slash the number of indicators in adult care from 20 to eight or nine'.

'Instead of councils having to earn autonomy they will have presumed autonomy... Our reservation about that is that social care can easily get overlooked,' West said.

Referring to the CSCI's discovery of 'widespread institutional abuse' of people with learning disabilities in Cornwall last year, he added: 'In the past 12 months we have had to look into some very serious issues... and some of the worst conditions we have seen for a very long time, which were very much systemic, whole-systems failure...

'So in that context you can understand that the CSCI is nervous about people with learning disabilities having the same voice as someone who is worried about their library closing. …

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