Department of Health
London: TSO, 2002
Standards are core requirements for all residential homes providing nursing or personal care for adults who have physical, sensory or learning disabilities, mental health problems, substance misuse problems or AIDS. They cover:
A Carmichael and L Brown
Disability and Society, vol 17, 2002, p.797-808
This paper is based on evidence from a user-controlled Best Value review of direct payments in Wiltshire. It explores, from disabled people's perspective, the advantages and disadvantages of receipt of cash payments instead of services directly provided by the council. Advantages include greater user control and choice. Disadvantages include the complexity of the system and having to take responsibility for managing the money.
Disability Rights Bulletin, Winter 2002, p.14-16
Under the Regulatory Reform (Housing Assistance) (England and Wales) Order 2002, local authorities will have wide discretionary power to provide financial and other assistance for home owners for housing repair, adaptation and improvement. The Order aims to target help through grants and other financial assistance at poorer home owners, particularly the elderly or disabled.
Disability Rights Bulletin, Winter 2002, p.2-5
Local councils now have to follow new government guidance when charging people for home care services. The new charging system is based on means testing which means that people with savings and modest fixed incomes will have to pay a lot more. The new system will act as a disincentive to saving and will lead to the social exclusion of people whose incomes are largely swallowed up by care charges.
Disability Rights Bulletin, Winter 2002, p.26-28
The Labour government consistently promotes paid work as the key route out of poverty. It is failing to address the needs of those who cannot work due to sickness or disability.