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Trust, transparency and welfare: third sector adult social care delivery and the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK

Chaney, Paul ORCID: and Sophocleous, Christala ORCID: 2021. Trust, transparency and welfare: third sector adult social care delivery and the COVID-19 pandemic in the UK. Journal of Risk and Financial Management 14 (12) , 572. 10.3390/jrfm14120572

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Since the move to quasi-federalism in the 1990s, different territorial welfare mixes on adult social care (ASC) have emerged in the four nations of the UK. This study explores policy actors’ views on their effectiveness in the pandemic with reference to the role of institutions, trust and transparency. The analysis is based on extensive secondary data analysis and primary interviews with key in-dividuals involved in the delivery and regulation of ASC. The findings highlight how the pandemic exposed existing pathologies and the need for reform in all four systems. Notably, the analysis shows how the present market-based tendering systems for allocating ASC contracts undermine inter-personal and institutional trust and compromise care quality. The wider significance of this lies in showing the pivotal role of trust during the emergency and that post-pandemic welfare reform needs to embed trust-building measures to deliver effective care.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Social Sciences (Includes Criminology and Education)
Wales Institute of Social & Economic Research, Data & Methods (WISERD)
Subjects: J Political Science > JA Political science (General)
Additional Information: This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited
Publisher: MDPI
ISSN: 1911-8074
Date of First Compliant Deposit: 26 November 2021
Date of Acceptance: 11 November 2021
Last Modified: 15 May 2023 08:32

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