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Older people should have right to choose direct payments

Older people should have right to choose direct payments News Review providers if users feel non-statutory services can best meets their needs. But the best way that social services departments can meet such Older people should competition is for them to provide flexible and effective services — not to rule out competition for fear of have right to choose not being chosen. One of the ways that many departments have fallen down in the past is in providing direct payments services at hours which meet the needs of service users. Too many When legislation was passed services shut down after 5pm, at a disabled person in managing the enabling local authorities to give weekends and during public direct payment. For example, direct payments in lieu of commu- holidays. should a relative of a person with nity care services, there was some However, there is great potential severe learning disabilities who excitement among those who saw it for direct payments among older cannot make a choice themself, be as a radical shift towards empower- people. Many older people who allowed to opt for payments ment and dignity of service users. need social services support are instead of services? Direct payments give people the quite capable of organising their Plainly, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Working with Older People Emerald Publishing

Older people should have right to choose direct payments

Working with Older People , Volume 4 (2): 8 – Apr 1, 2000

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Emerald Publishing
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Copyright © Emerald Group Publishing Limited
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1366-3666
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10.1108/13663666200000011
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Abstract

News Review providers if users feel non-statutory services can best meets their needs. But the best way that social services departments can meet such Older people should competition is for them to provide flexible and effective services — not to rule out competition for fear of have right to choose not being chosen. One of the ways that many departments have fallen down in the past is in providing direct payments services at hours which meet the needs of service users. Too many When legislation was passed services shut down after 5pm, at a disabled person in managing the enabling local authorities to give weekends and during public direct payment. For example, direct payments in lieu of commu- holidays. should a relative of a person with nity care services, there was some However, there is great potential severe learning disabilities who excitement among those who saw it for direct payments among older cannot make a choice themself, be as a radical shift towards empower- people. Many older people who allowed to opt for payments ment and dignity of service users. need social services support are instead of services? Direct payments give people the quite capable of organising their Plainly,

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Working with Older PeopleEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 1, 2000

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