Commission for Social Care Inspection
Direct payment is a system whereby people are given the money to choose and pay for their own social care. Report identifies the main barriers to people using direct payment as:
S. Katbamna and others
Health and Social Care in the Community, vol.12, 2004, p 398-406
Paper discusses the sources, quality and quantity of informal support available to carers in the four main South Asian communities in the UK. It suggests that South Asian carers as a group are no more likely than carers from other communities to be assured of support from wider kinship and social networks. It challenges the pervasive assumption that South Asian people live in self-supporting extended families and do not need support from social services. Carers have difficulty in accessing formal support services due to language difficulties and because services on offer may be culturally inappropriate.
Community Care, Aug 26th-Sep 1st 2004, p.32-33
The article looks at findings of research on the impact of new guidance on charging for home care. Research shows that there are still wide variations in charges levied by local authorities. Authorities which calculated the charge of a hypothetical service user charged from nothing to £103.00 per week.