By Jon Glasby
The 1996 neighborhood Care (Direct funds) Act got here into strength on 1 April 1997, empowering social prone departments to earn a living funds to a couple provider clients in lieu of direct carrier provision. "Social paintings and Direct funds" courses readers during the concerns at stake during this primary sector of perform. The booklet summarises and builds on present wisdom and examine approximately direct funds within the united kingdom and considers advancements in different eu nations. It identifies reliable perform within the sector and explores the results of direct funds, either for provider clients and for social paintings employees. "Social paintings and Direct funds" presents a entire advent to this speedily increasing quarter of social care by means of: reviewing the background of direct funds and charting the speed of implementation; exploring the reviews of alternative person teams and the relevance of matters comparable to ethnicity and sexuality; interpreting the benefits and obstacles of direct funds; reviewing the sensible concerns which handling direct funds increases; and outlining additional beneficial assets. "Social paintings and Direct funds" might be important for social paintings scholars, frontline practitioners and people lower than taking post-qualifying education. it is going to even be of curiosity to social providers departments that experience carried out direct fee schemes or are planning on doing so and to enterprises of disabled humans.
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Has the money been spent wisely? To support the implementation of direct payments, the policy and practice guidance was followed by speaking notes/overhead templates for a presentation on direct payments, a guide to receiving direct payments and two promotional videos (DoH, 1997b, 1998b, 1998c, 1999). Although the presentation materials tended to summarise the more detailed policy and practice guidance, they also included a number of additional statements of the government’s intent. Thus, it was emphasised from the beginning that direct payments are based on three central principles (DoH, 1997b, para 2): • Direct payments are about increasing user independence.
Working in partnership with a number of voluntary agencies, the social services department was unable to pay money directly to disabled service users, but could make indirect payments via the ILP. (Dawson, 2000) Thwarted reforms As evidence of the benefits of paying cash sums to individual service users increased, so pressure began to mount for legislation to legalise direct payments. Throughout this process, organisations of disabled people and advocates of independent living have been at the forefront of the campaign for change, lobbying Members of Parliament, organising meetings and commissioning research (see Box 9).
Disadvantages of direct payments • the complexity of administering direct payments and doubts about the capacity of local authorities to manage payment schemes; • the community care reforms would extend choice and control without the need for direct payments; • concerns that direct payments would reduce local authorities’ flexibility in providing services and divert resources from other priorities; • fears that direct payments would ‘open the floodgates’ by creating an unknown and potentially unlimited level of demand.
Social Work and Direct Payments by Jon Glasby