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We are blazing a trail for disabled people

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We are changing the way disabled people access the support and services they need to go about their daily lives.

We want to give disabled people the independence to decide for themselves how to spend the money they are entitled to for the services they use.

For the first time, disabled people in the Trailblazer areas can combine money from different state funding streams to be spent on whatever they think most appropriate for their needs.

Right to Control is a new legal right for disabled people, giving them more choice and control over the support they need to go about their daily lives. Disabled adults in the test areas will be able to combine the support they receive from six different sources and decide how best to spend the funding to meet their needs.

They will be able to choose to:

  • continue receiving the same support
  • ask a public body to arrange new support
  • receive a direct payment and buy their own support
  • have a mix of these arrangements

This will allow a more personalised service, joining up housing, employment and community care.

The five trailblazers are Essex CC, Leicester City Council, Barnet LBC, Newham LBC and part of Surrey CC - with more to follow in the new year.

In these areas, local authorities in partnership with Jobcentre Plus and disabled people’s organisations, will work with disabled people to develop individual support plans which will take account of people’s needs as well as their goals.

Disabled people should have the same opportunities as everyone else and we believe Right to Control will help deliver that. There will also be support and advice in place to help people decide how to use their money if they need extra guidance.

Of course, if people are happy with the support they currently receive, they won’t have to change anything, but I hope as people get the chance to experience making choices for themselves - through trailblazers sites - they will see the real difference this makes.

Maria Miller, minister for disabled people

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