Efficiency, choice and control in social care commissioning

Mark Wilberforce, Kate Baxter, Caroline Glendinning

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    Publicly-funded social care providers are under significant pressure as a consequence of an ageing population, a tight financial climate, and demands for greater quality and dignity in care. Personal budgets have been advocated as a potential solution. However, the implications of personal budgets on commissioning and market development are largely unexplored. This article looks at new approaches being adopted by English local authorities to reconcile tensions between the efficiency and personalization agendas, and to counter new transaction costs. © 2012 Copyright CIPFA.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)249-256
    Number of pages7
    JournalPublic Money and Management
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Jul 2012


    • Commissioning
    • efficiency
    • personal budgets
    • social care
    • transaction costs


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