Be prepared for direct payments system in Scotland

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

In the wake of the Scottish Executive¹s recent announcement that major changes to the delivery of community care services are to be implemented from June 1, 2003, Direct Payments Scotland has launched Five Steps: A guide to local authorities implementing direct payments. Social work departments in Scotland will have new duties to offer direct payments to disabled people from June 2003, and to all people with care needs from April 2004. This means that, instead of providing services, local authorities will have to offer the option of direct payments, with which those assessed as needing community care services can purchase services themselves. Direct Payments Scotland project manager Liz Henderson said direct payments allowed individuals much greater choice over how they received their care provision, and who they received it from. “It is not just service users who stand to gain,” Ms Henderson said. “With the correct systems and support in place local authorities too could save time and offer better value ser

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