This is the second interim report of the evaluation of the trailblazer programme. It analyses data collected for the first 20 months, from January 2014 to August 2015. This data comprises self-completed survey questionnaires by service users who had either accepted or declined a direct payment.
This report also includes a survey of trailblazer councils concerning the costs incurred in administering their scheme, and interviews with project leads.
Findings from interviews with care home owners and managers in five sites raised a number of concerns about the feasibility of introducing direct payments in residential settings. There were also concerns about the potential impact of direct payments on the financial viability of care homes in the current financial climate, particularly those providing care for older people.