From November 2009, a group of social care service users became entitled to receive direct payments for the first time – people who may lack capacity to consent. This new group of people included those with learning disabilities and dementia.
Direct payments can be made to other people as well as the service carer - for example, a carer or trusted family member - on behalf of the person lacking capacity. These 'suitable persons' manage the direct payment account for the service user with their best interests at the centre of all decisions.
We wanted to find out how direct payments are being offered and managed by these groups of people:
To do so, semi-structured interviews were used to explore experiences of direct payments in six English local authorities. We carried out this study in conjunction with the University of Bristol.
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Contact Toby Williamson, Head of Later Life for further information about the project
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