Welfare conditionality, ethics and social care for older people in the UK: From civic rights to abandonment?
AffiliationUniversity of Chester
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AbstractWelfare systems are becoming ever more conditional, with access to state support increasingly rationed via a legion of legally-defined and financially-driven restrictions and rules. Civic protection and economic rights for older citizens within Western policy systems are subsequently diminishing and continue to give way to neoliberal discursive practices which prioritise welfare activation, autonomy, participation, asset-based yet precarious self-care, the aversion of health-centred risks and much higher levels of eligibility for support. This article looks at welfare conditionality and its relationship to older people, ethics and governance within social care. By using three examples of welfare conditional reforms from the UK, it is highlighted that strains typically persist between the altruistic components of some ethical frameworks and the everyday experiences of many older people. The relative gatekeeping powers of welfare professionals and expectations placed on family members and carers have also increased, especially upon older people with higher needs and who may lack economic and cultural capital. This is despite rhetorical policy-led claims of increasing choice and control, and allowing support to be more asset-based and personalised.
CitationCarey, M. (2021). Welfare conditionality, ethics and social care for older people in the UK: From civic rights to abandonment?’ British Journal of Social Work, vol(issue), pp. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcab233
PublisherOxford University Press
JournalBritish Journal of Social Work
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