Fernandez, J.L. and Kendall, J. and Davey, V. and Knapp, M.R.J. (2007) Direct payments in England: Factors linked to variations in local provision. Journal of Social Policy, 36 (Part 1). pp. 97-121. ISSN 0047-2794 .
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Direct payments have moved to the heart of the government's drive for increased user choice. At the same time, implementation has remained disappointing. This article explores the demand, supply and related factors associated with patterns of local variability in uptake and intensity of care package provision. Statistical analyses are conducted for key client groups people with physical disabilities, older people, people with learning disabilities and people who use mental health services - using data for England from 2000-01 to 2002-03. The results suggest that direct payments variability reflects a complex array of factors, both within and beyond the control of local public actors. In particular, while local policy preferences appear to shape the extent of direct payments growth, the results also demonstrate that understanding levels of activity requires attention to local circumstances.
|Subjects:||H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare|
|Divisions:||Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research|
|Depositing User:||Louise Dorman|
|Date Deposited:||24 Apr 2008 08:33|
|Last Modified:||30 Jul 2012 10:52|
|Resource URI:||http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/2776 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)|
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