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GOVERNMENT PLANS TO CURB 'MEDDLING' SOCIAL WORKERS

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Croydon LBC's director of social services, David Townsend, discusses the government's forthcoming white paper on th...
Croydon LBC's director of social services, David Townsend, discusses the government's forthcoming white paper on the restructuring of the social services in an article in the Guardian (Society, p6).

John Major has already set the tone, says Townsend. His aides have talked of the need to curb 'meddling' social workers, and the prime minister has promised to make defending the family from the interfering state a key election campaign aim.

Health secretary Stephen Dorrell has already implied that private provision must be the engine of social care, with social services providing the safety net.

'By arguing that the state still does too much, the crude theme of the white paper emerges', says Townsend.

'Such an approach ignores the millions of people who have experienced only low paid or irregular work in the past 20 years and who have no means to make private provision.

Their retirement and care will fill the 'safety net' to overflowing'.

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