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Future of FACS In Question

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An article in social workers' trade mangazine Community Care has questioned whether the Fairer Access to Care Services (FACS) is still working. Recent decisions by some local authorities to limit funding to people with 'critical' needs, and to divide 'substantial' needs into two categories, have discredited the system in the eyes of some commentators. FACS is theoretically a national system for determining eligability, but local authorities are now interpreting it in very different ways, leading to a 'postcode lottery' for service users and disabled people. In Wales there are already plans for a national eligability threshold, and some people in England are now talking about the same thing.

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