By Martin Minogue (eds.)
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Some hornes for the elderly who need nursing care are plarmed; social work attachments to general practices and health centres are being extended; multi-disciplinary mental health teams have been set up in Gwent ce and Dorset CC and a community mental health centre in Tameside MDC. But overall the situation is still confused and unsatisfactory. Wbo does what How, in this situation, is it possible to decide the jobs people should do, the kinds of people needed, the numbers required and the types of training they should have?
Voluntary bodies playa crucial supportive role and social services departments are only one of several official agencies who have apart to play. The major task is to ensure that the care offered is 'complementary and inextricably interwoven' (Seebohm) with actual and potential caring in the community and from other services. On:ly then will we begin to approach the Seebohm Committee's vision of enabling 'the greatest possible number of individuals to act reciprocally, giving and receiving service for the wellbeing of the whole community'.
There would thus appear to be considerable scope for private tenants particularly to obtain details of entitlement to payment from their local authority housing department. (See NCC Discussion paper, Means tested benefits, 1976). At the same time local housing authorities need to develop a more positive attitude towards assisting people to claim their benefits. Consumer arrangements Tenant participation in council housing management has been evolving slowly over the last five to six years. In general it is some of the London housing authorities which have pioneered developments.
A consumer’s guide to local government by Martin Minogue (eds.)