Direct payments gain a firmer footing on Government agenda

Posted on October 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Individual budgets and direct payments have found favour with the current social care minister Ivan Lewis. Speaking at the National Care Association’s 25th anniversary conference, Mr Lewis said social care provision would have to change to meet the rising expectations of elderly people. “As a Government, we want to extend direct payments and individual budgets and give the purchasing power back to the people who use the services,” said Mr Lewis. “Care providers need to be ready to develop services which will meet the higher expectations of an elderly population with direct purchasing power.” It does appear that direct payments and individual budgets are ever more likely to be extended across the social care sector, possibly diminishing the role of local authorities as commissioners and “market managers”. Speaking at the same conference, the Opposition spokesman on health Andrew Lansley also came out strongly in favour of giving the choice of service directly to older people and their families thro

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