Call to add personal budgets to ratings

Call to add personal budgets to ratings Individualised budgets
for disabled people should be made part of the star ratings system,
disability campaigners say.

The National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL) has asked the
government to look at measuring independent living outcomes like it
does direct payments.

NCIL was responding to the government’s paper Improving the Life
Chances of Disabled People, which outlines piloting personal
budgets from this year, bringing together sources of funding,
services equipment and adaptations.

The NCIL also urged resolving the “confusion” between health and
social care services over which should take responsibility for the
provision of direct payments.

Disability charity Scope raised concerns about where the money
would be found to drive the strategy forward, and called for a
“broader definition” of independent living.

And Mencap called for a national centre to be set up to meet a
“critical” need for early intervention.

The consultation period ended this week.

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