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Gov eyes direct payments in residential care

The Department of Health on Tuesday announced that it wants to identify local authorities that would like to be involved in developing the use of direct payments in residential care.

The Department said that a White Paper Caring for our future: reforming care and support, published on 11 July, committed to “develop, in a small number of areas, the use of direct payments for people who have chosen to live in residential care to test this approach”.

It said: “Currently, direct payments only apply in community care. They are used successfully togive individuals and their carers better control over the care they receive. The Law Commission recommended expanding direct payments to residential care, and we have chosen to examine the proposal in more detail by establishing several development sites.

“We would welcome expressions of interest from local authorities looking to become development sites.”

More information, as well as an expression of interest form, can be found under the News section of the Department of Health’s website -