Regulator should stick to its remit

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

A few weeks’ ago, as I was sitting in my doctors’ surgery waiting to have my ear syringed, I picked up a booklet which proffered all sorts of advice about choosing and paying for social care. The title of the booklet escapes me, but not the publisher – the Commission for Social Care Inspection (CSCI). What, I ask, is the CSCI doing spending money, taxpayers’ money, my money, publishing booklets advising people on how to choose a social care service, and then how to pay for that service once they’ve chosen it? This is way beyond its remit as prescribed by the care Standards Act, and it is also a task that is already more than competently performed by highly capable national organisations such as Age Concern, Help the Aged and Counsel and Care. For nearly a decade I have monitored all facets of social care, and I have been a bemused witness to the flux of regulation – truly a three ringed circus, albeit sequential; local authority inspection units, the National Care Standards Commission (NCSC) and n

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