The Big Question

    KAREN SHOOK
    Disability equality adviser

    It is a fantastic idea as long as it is not compulsory. If it is
    compulsory back-up and support services should be in place. These
    are lacking in many areas where disabled people receive direct
    payments. Many councils just provide an agency to run the budget
    and provide no support.

    KIERRA BOX
    Young people’s activist
    I’m worried that this scheme may be just another
    attempt to dilute universal service provision as with vouchers for
    schooling. While services should be tailored to individual need,
    and I applaud any attempt to allow people to control their own
    lives, this scheme looks like a bid to cover up faults in the
    current system.

    JAYA KATHRECHA
    Carer

    It’s a very good idea. I’ve worked with lots of disabled people and
    many feel they have been let down by the authorities. There seems
    to be many services available but people aren’t told about them or
    can’t access them. It will of course entail some work and
    responsibility for the people themselves but it’s a great
    idea. 

    LEN SMITH
    Gypsy activist
    “Free choice” is an attractive idea, but many
    disabled people would find it difficult to manage their money like
    this. The current method targets money to specific areas. So where
    a person has a Motability car, the money goes direct to them,
    eliminating any chance of defaulting on payments. I’d stick with
    the status quo.   

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