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Good value for money? Public investment in ‘replacement care’ for working carers in England, IN Social Policy and Society, Vol 18 No 3 Jul 2019, pp365-382

Estimates the public expenditure costs of the provision of paid services to people cared for by working carers (‘replacement care’) using data from the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing and 2015-16 costs data. Finds that the public expenditure costs of ‘replacement care’ for working carers are considerably lower than the costs of carers leaving employment. Suggests that there is a need for much greater public investment in services for older and disabled people who are cared for by working carers. Notes that many working carers and the people they care for would welcome greater access to paid services and that ‘replacement care’ would represent good value for money.


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