Regulation – The unintentional destruction of intentional communities

Regulation has become the primary mechanism for controlling the quality of health and social care services; however it is fraught with problems. In this discussion paper published by the Centre for Welfare Reform, the authors examine the case of the Camphill Village Trust (CVT) – an intentional community which seeks to bring disabled and non-disabled people together in a community of equals. They argue that the regulatory system has effectively ignored the culture and values of this community and instead asserted a set of values which assume that care can be commodified, bought and sold, and controlled like a manufactured product.