Care Services for the Elderly

The third report written by the Centre for the Residents Action Group for the Elderly (RAGE) and Birmingham UNISON focusses on the relationship between the proposed privatisation of residential care, race and gender implications and Best Value. Transfer and proposed unit cost reductions are predicted to directly impact on the quality of care and to increase inequality in Birmingham. The impact of privatisation on staff would fall directly on large numbers of women and black and ethnic minority groups who are already amongst the lowest paid working for the city council. The report highlights the contradictions of the council’s own policies for community well-being and Best Value and makes a series of recommendations. 50 pages. Published July 2001.