Policy Press

Cash and care

Policy challenges in the welfare state

Edited by Caroline Glendinning and Peter A. Kemp


Sep 25, 2006

Page count

336 pages




234 x 156 mm


Policy Press
Cash and care

Recent social trends and policy developments have called into question the divide between the provision of income support and social care services. This book examines this in light of key trends. The book presents new evidence on the links between cash - whether from earnings from paid work, social security benefits, and payments for disabled people and carers - and social disadvantage, care and disability. It presents theoretical perspectives on the need for and provision of care, which some commentators have described as a 'new social risk' and offers new insights into traditional forms of risk, such as poverty, disability, access to credit and money management. It provides an analysis of childcare and informal support for sick, disabled or elderly people in the context of increasing female labour market participation and the introduction of cash allowances to pay for care and posits a new look at both disabled people and older people in their roles as active citizens, whose views and experiences should help shape both policy and practice. "Cash and care" is essential reading for students, lecturers and researchers in social policy, applied social science, social work, and health and social care.

"This rich and stimulating collection provides a fitting tribute to the memory of Sally Baldwin. It brings together original empirical material, theoretical perspectives and policy overviews in a wide-ranging, yet well integrated, contribution to our understanding of the relationship between cash and care. It should provide an invaluable resource for teachers, students, researchers and policy-makers." Ruth Lister, Professor of Social Policy, Loughborough University, UK

"The editors have assembled a fascinating array of contributors and topics that reflect this contemporary issue. It is comprehensive and far-reaching, looking at developmentsin the UK and overseas." Community Care

"It is an informative and timely book for British readers since their Government's policies promoting choice and competition are being implemented throughout public services. ...Practitioners will find this policy text a useful, informative collection and the readable style of the chapters renders it accessible to those without a social policy background." Journal of Interprofessional Care

"All four sections provide thought-provoking reading about welfare systems, social care arrangements and changing services, and each is timely because of the major transformations under way in Britain's welfare state. ... This book will be of wide interest, and is a welcome addition to the literature, addressing questions in social policy which are fundamental to our times" Ageing and Society, Vol 27

"This comprehensive and groundbreaking text provides the most up-to-date examination and critique of the interrelationships and changing boundaries between cash and care policy, delivery and theoretical developments in the UK and other advanced welfare states. It is a fitting testament to the memory of Sally Baldwin, whose work in this field was so influential." Professor Saul Becker, School of Sociology and Social Policy, University of Nottingham, UK

Lister's testimonial in reviews section


Caroline Glendinning is Professor of Social Policy and Assistant Director of the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York, where she manages the Department of Health-funded research programme on choice and independence over the lifecourse.

Peter A. Kemp is the Barnett Professor of Social Policy at the University of Oxford. He was previously Professor of Social Policy and Director of the Social Policy Research Unit at the University of York.

Part one: Introduction ~ Peter A. Kemp and Caroline Glendinning; Part two: New theoretical perspectives on care and policy: Care and gender: have the arguments for recognising care work now been won? ~ Jane Lewis; Research on care: what impact on policy and planning? ~ Kari Waerness; 'Pseudo-democracy and spurious precision': knowledge dilemmas in the new welfare state ~ Eithne McLaughlin; Part three: Traditional forms of disadvantage: new perspectives: The cost of caring for a disabled child ~ Jan Pahl; Disability, poverty and living standards: reviewing Australian evidence and policies ~ Peter Saunders; Consumers without money: consumption patterns and citizenship among low-income families in Scandinavian welfare societies ~ Pernille Hohnen; Affordable credit for low-income households ~ Sharon Collard; Carers and employment in a work-focused welfare state ~ Hilary Arksey and Peter A. Kemp; Part four: Families, care work and the state: Paying family caregivers: evaluating different models ~ Caroline Glendinning; Developments in Austrian care arrangements: women between free choice and informal care ~ Margareta Kreimer; When informal care becomes a paid job: the case of Personal Assistance Budgets in Flanders ~ Jef Breda, David Schoenmaekers, Caroline Van Landeghem, Dries Claessens and Joanna Geerts; Better-off in work? Work, security and welfare for lone mothers ~ Jane Millar; Reciprocity, lone parents and state subsidy for informal childcare ~ Christine Skinner and Naomi Finch; Helping out at home: children's contributions to sustaining work and care in lone-mother families ~ Tess Ridge; Part five: From welfare subjects to active citizens: Making connections: supporting new forms of engagement by marginalised groups ~ Karen Postle and Peter Beresford; Independent living: the role of the disability movement in the development of government policy ~ Jenny Morris; Securing the dignity and quality of life of older citizens ~ Hilary Land; Part six: Conclusions ~ Caroline Glendinning and Peter A. Kemp.