social business for urban development
Here’s exactly why there need to be more social businesses in the Social Care sector: I’m trying to find some sample policies and procedures – can I find anything that will cost me less than £1000? The ombudsman requires all social care providers to have the same policies more or less, we all have to comply to the same standards – there is no element of competitive advantage or disadvantage. In fact, the same companies are selling the same policies to all the providers. So why is everyone trying to make money from something as fundamental as our working policies and procedures? Once my set is complete, it’s going open source and I’m sharing it with all new providers. I think it’s outrageous not to.
On a related note, I’ve noticed there is a huge number of business support companies that provide services to the social care sector, not just the policies people like above, but the software peeps, the IT peeps, the equipment peeps, it’s a major industry out there trying to get our money. They all charge VAT, cos they have to. But social care as a sector is exempt from VAT, because we can’t charge old people a tax on their care and that’s right and how it should be. But there’s no exemptions for the suppliers. What does this mean? It means that social care providers are paying 20% more on all our purchases than other sectors. Where a printing firm, a grocer’s store or even a strip club will offset it’s VAT payments against its receipts, it’s the businesses who are looking after the vulnerable in our society who take on the burden of creating money for tax.
Does that seem right to you?