Informal, voluntary and statutory services: the complex relationship
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The argument of this paper is that equitable social care can eventuate only with the acceptance of a greater role for public sector services. In debates about the development of social care, politicians in industrial societies who stress the virtues of family care are either unaware of the costs to families of providing that care, or are cynically expecting a major shift in social provision and social resources, with the result that those least able to provide adequately will find greater burdens thrust upon them. Responses to the exclusions experienced by people in the 1980s will require greater state intervention because families may have the willingness, but not the capacity to provide the high level care required by dependent relatives and because the voluntary sector is too diffuse and diverse to plan and develop and deliver the bulk of the services.
A version of this paper was delivered as the closing plenary address to the 7th International Symposium of the International Federation of Social Workers in Brighton, England on 26th August 1982 by Adam Graycar, Director, Social Welfare Research Centre, University of New South Wales. This speech is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/