Journal of Social Policy, vol.34, 2005, p.469-488
The Labour government is promoting the use of direct payments to enable disabled people to purchase the care they want and need, including the employment of personal assistants (PAs). Local councils now have a statutory duty to make direct payments. However, there is evidence that there may not be sufficient well-trained and competent PAs in the job market to meet raised demand. It is possible that expectations have been raised which cannot be met.