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Welfare Reform on the Web (February 2000): Services for the Disabled - UK

THE DIRECT ROUTE

P. McCurry

Community Care, No. 1289, 1999, p. 20-21

Direct payment schemes, in which disabled people become employers of their carers and personal assistants, have been available since the Community Care (Direct Payment) Act 1996 came into force. However in consistencies between local authorities are rife and take-up is low. Article looks at problems and solutions.

THE SUPPORTED EMPLOYMENT PROGRAMME: A CONSULTATION ON FUTURE DEVELOPMENT

Employment Service

Sheffield: 1999

Presents proposals for modernising the Supported Employment Programme and redirecting its efforts towards enabling disabled people, wherever possible, to progress to open employment.

WHAT PRICE INDEPENDENCE?: INDEPENDENT LIVING AND PEOPLE WITH HIGH SUPPORT NEEDS

A. Kestenbaum

Bristol: Policy Press, 1999

The last decade has seen major developments aimed at expanding the options available to severely disabled people who choose to live in the community rather than in residential care. There are now, however, growing tensions between raised expectations and ever tightening constraints on the expenditure of funding agencies. The consequences of rationing include wide discrepancies in outcome for people with similar needs, depending on where they live and when their support packages were first set up. Many high-support packages are patchworks of provision determined more by professional rules and timetables than the choice of the user. There are vital questions to be answered about who should fund expensive community care packages and how funding and provision might be better co-ordinated.

(For summary see Community Care, no. 1295, 1999, p. 24).

WHEN IS SUPPORT MOST EFFECTIVE? WHEN IT'S NOT VISIBLE: THE ESSENTIAL GUIDE TO ESTABLISHING AND MANAGING YOUR OWN SUPPORT PACKAGE

M. Yates

[Blackpool]: Yate's Press, 1999

Book explains how disabled people can establish and manage a personalised package of care that can enable them to live independently within the framework of disability and community care legislation, including the Community Care (Direct Payments) Act 1996.

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