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The development of direct payments in the UK: implications for social justice

Riddell, S., Pearson, C., Jolly, D., Barnes, C., Priestley, M. and Mercer, G. (2005) The development of direct payments in the UK: implications for social justice. Social Policy and Society, 4 (1). pp. 75-85. ISSN 1475-3073

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Direct payments have been heralded by the disability movement as an important means to achieving independent living and hence greater social justice for disabled people through enhanced recognition as well as financial redistribution. Drawing on data from the ESRC funded project Disabled People and Direct Payments: A UK Comparative Perspective, this paper presents an analysis of policy and official statistics on use of direct payments across the UK. It is argued that the potential of direct payments has only partly been realised as a result of very low and uneven uptake within and between different parts of the UK. This is accounted for in part by resistance from some Labour-controlled local authorities, which regard direct payments as a threat to public sector jobs. In addition, access to direct payments has been uneven across impairment groups. However, from a very low base there has been a rapid expansion in the use of direct payments over the past three years. The extent to which direct payments are able to facilitate the ultimate goal of independent living for disabled people requires careful monitoring.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: Copyright © 2005 Cambridge University Press.
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > University of Leeds Research Centres and Institutes > Centre for Disability Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Repository Officer
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2006
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2014 11:06
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746404002209
Status: Published
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1017/S1474746404002209
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/1002

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