This spring the government has the chance to transform the lives of disabled people up and down the country by cutting a swathe through local bureaucracy.
If you need help with getting up, getting washed and dressed and going about your day, it’s likely that you rely on a patchwork of local support to overcome the many obstacles you face in daily life. Each form of this support – whether it’s a wheelchair, a personal assistant or a place on a back-to-work scheme – could come from a different body with different assessment processes.
The problem is that people’s lives cannot be easily split into distinct, identifiable needs – they are messy, complicated and unpredictable. The support you might need in the workplace can’t be separated easily from the extra costs you face undertaking daily activities and from the personal assistance you need to commute to work. As a result, you find you’re constantly running into a bureaucratic wall. Managing the support you receive becomes a full-time job requiring excellent project management skills.
Scope has been working with local councils to come up with ways to put disabled people in the driving seat when it comes to finding the right service. Scope recognises the scale of the savings that local authorities – especially their children and adult services – have to make. So our work with councils is focusing on making the economic case for services driven by disabled people themselves.
Source: The Guardian
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