Fragmentation and competition: voluntary organisations' experiences of support for family carers

Moriarty J, Manthorpe J

Voluntary Sector Review 2014, 5, 2: 249—257

Available online 1 Jul 2014

Abstract

In England, voluntary organisations such as the Carers Trust and Alzheimer’s Society play major roles in providing practical help and support to family carers. This article draws on a large study looking at social care practice with carers to illustrate how changes in social care commissioning and cuts in funding have created difficulties for organisations such as these. It asks whether contracting policies based on competition between providers threaten collaborative campaigning and strategic alliances.