This report looks at the growth in the market in adult social care in England and the problems which have resulted from this | CHPI
In order to address the failures of market provision the report looks at three possible options – ‘‘market shaping’, ‘‘market regulation’’ and ‘‘replacing the market’’. Whilst the Care Act 2014 provides local authorities with powers and duties to ‘‘shape’’ the market locally in order to achieve better outcomes this remains unachievable, given the current budget restrictions and the heavy reliance of local authorities on private providers to deliver services. Market regulation has been the approach adopted by the government, and the recent introduction of a market oversight role for the Care Quality Commission – to identify private care home providers which may be facing financial collapse – is an acknowledgement of the precarious nature of the care home market. But it provides no powers for the regulator to intervene to prevent a company.
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