By Jon Glasby
The 1996 group Care (Direct funds) Act got here into strength on 1 April 1997, empowering social prone departments to generate profits funds to a couple carrier clients in lieu of direct provider provision. "Social paintings and Direct funds" courses readers during the matters at stake during this primary region of perform. The e-book summarises and builds on present wisdom and examine approximately direct funds within the united kingdom and considers advancements in different eu international locations. It identifies sturdy perform within the zone and explores the results of direct funds, either for carrier clients and for social paintings employees. "Social paintings and Direct funds" presents a finished advent to this quickly increasing sector of social care by way of: reviewing the heritage of direct funds and charting the speed of implementation; exploring the stories of alternative person teams and the relevance of matters reminiscent of ethnicity and sexuality; reading the benefits and boundaries of direct funds; reviewing the sensible matters which handling direct funds increases; and outlining additional beneficial assets. "Social paintings and Direct funds" might be useful for social paintings scholars, frontline practitioners and people below taking post-qualifying education. it's going to even be of curiosity to social providers departments that experience applied direct cost schemes or are planning on doing so and to companies of disabled humans.
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How will the person secure the appropriate services? What variations to the way in which the direct payments are used does the authority expect to be asked in advance to approve? What support (if any) does the user need to manage their direct payments? How will this support be made available to the person? What arrangements has the person made to cover emergencies? How much money does the authority consider necessary to secure the appropriate services? How much of this total will the authority contribute in direct payments, and how much is the person expected to contribute?
In addition to setting out how direct payments would operate, the consultation paper sought views on a number of key issues to be contained within the regulations and guidance. Central to the government’s view of how direct payments should function was the belief that recipients must be ‘willing’ to receive payments instead of services and ‘able’ to manage them (DoH/Scottish Office/Welsh Office/Northern Ireland Office, 1996, p 3). While service users could receive extensive support from others, they would ultimately remain responsible for the management of their payments.
Although the group included three disability organisations, only one member of TAG was a personal assistance user running her own direct payment scheme (Evans and Hasler, 1996). Building on the work of TAG, the Department of Health introduced a consultation paper in January 1996 on its proposals for direct payments (DoH/ Scottish Office/Welsh Office/Northern Ireland Office, 1996). In addition to setting out how direct payments would operate, the consultation paper sought views on a number of key issues to be contained within the regulations and guidance.