Pricing Personal Social Services

  • Ken Judge
  • James Matthews
Part of the Studies in Social Policy book series


After a long period of neglect the use of charges as policy instruments in the personal social services is, at last, beginning to occupy the attention of policy-makers in both central and local government. The main catalyst in this was the Layfield inquiry into local government finance, and one of the recommendations of Layfield,1 which was subsequently accepted by the government, was that charges for all local authority services should be the subject of a separate review. It remains to be seen what the outcome of the review is but, regardless of what action is taken on the broader front, an evaluation of pricing policy in the personal social services is essential. The present use of charges is replete with inconsistencies, variations, conflicts and anomalies, and there is a clear case for rationalisation at the earliest opportunity.


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  • Ken Judge
  • James Matthews

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