Under the new Right to Control programme people who have disabilities will be able to decide how to spend money on their support services and equipment where the funds come from different schemes. The Right to Control scheme was created to provide those receiving funding and assistance such as disability living allowance a more individual service, uniting, as it does, housing, mobility, employment and community care. So if a person with a disability requires extra wheelchair access in their home or a disability car then getting the funds to do so should be less complex.
The Department of Work and Pensions claims advice will be available to help people choose services and decide how to spend their money if they want to change the support they are currently receiving. Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People stated: “This is about increasing personalisation and putting disabled people in charge of their own decision making, instead of telling them what they can and can’t spend their money on.
“Disabled people should have the same choices and opportunities as everyone else and I am convinced that this will help to deliver the greater independence that disabled people tell me they want.
“I need to make it clear that Right to Control does not change eligibility for these services, but means that disabled people can use their funding more flexibly.”
Disability lobby group Trailblazers, local authorities, Jobcentre Plus and other disabled people’s organisations such as Motability are set to work with disabled people to create specific support schedules suited to the specific needs of the client. Each plan will make better use of the funding which is available to each person, making it easier to reach their objectives.
Initially the Right to Control programme will spend seven million pounds on making changes that will enable delivery of the scheme, which is set to be launched on 13 December by Essex county, Leicester city, Barnet and Newham, Epsom and Ewell, Reigate and Banstead borough councils.