Call to expand direct payments

    Commission for Social Care Inspection chair Denise Platt has
    called for Supporting People budgets to be translated into direct
    payments.

    In a speech to a social care conference in London last week, she
    said the forthcoming green paper on adult services should consider
    the move to promote independence for users. She also suggested
    direct payments could be applied to NHS services.

    At present the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister funds
    councils to commission support services for vulnerable groups
    through Supporting People.

    But Platt said: “If direct payments expand as the policy
    intends, the real commissioners of social care will be the people
    who need the care.”

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