Lancashire no longer at loggerheads

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

It seems that the days when rallying calls to arms, flag-waving and confrontation were the name of the game for Lancashire Care Association (LCA) are over. The association¹s annual conference and exhibition was held at the ultra-modern Reebok Stadium in Bolton and was called Partnership in Care. Partnership was very much in evidence, particularly with Lancashire Social Services. As little as a few years ago the two parties were locked in a bitter struggle, each convinced that the only outcome they would accept was to batter their opponent into legal submission. Now, as Ken Nolan, chairman of LCA and Richard Jones, director of Social Services, frequently repeated: they meet regularly and try to resolve their differences by discussion and mutual co-operation, rather than by confrontation and war. Mr Nolan even found time to be amused by the definition of “partnership” as “the placing aside of mutual loathing to secure funding” because both parties are agreed that there is a funding deficit ­ between what the

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