Conference considers ‘cash for care’ on the continent

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Direct payments for homecare was the the topic of discussion at a conference in London in May. The conference “The Direct Employment of Domiciliary Care by Older People” was supported by the Economic and Social Research Council. Speakers discussed the welfare system in the UK and in four other EU nations – Austria, France, Italy and the Netherlands – looking at how each country permits care users to receive cash rather than services, enabling them to recruit and employ their own labour. Professor Clare Ungerson, of the Department of Sociology and Social Policy at the University of Southampton, who directed the research in conjunction with Professor Sue Yeandle, of Sheffield Hallam University, studied the relationship between the care users and their employees and how the system impacted on each country’s labour market for care work. “Each nation has its own policy,” Prof. Ungerson said. “The two major differences between the various systems is whether care users are allowed to pay their relatives to care for

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