Direct payments in England: Factors linked to variations in local provision

Fernández, José-Luis and Kendall, Jeremy and Davey, Vanessa and Knapp, Martin 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 . (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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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.

Item Type: Article
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
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