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Research on direct payments for disabled children and young...

Commenting on research by the University of Leeds and CEREBRA on direct payments for disabled children and young people and their families Charlotte Ramsden, Chair of the ADCS Health, Care and Additional Needs Policy Committee, said:

“Children’s services are under significant pressure following a decade of year on year cuts to local authority budgets and rising need for our services. We face a £3.1 billion funding gap by 2025, just to stand still and there is mounting evidence concluding that there is not enough money in the system to meet the level of need that exists in our communities. We recognise the value of effective direct payment systems and seek to encourage these using our Local Offer arrangements. Without sufficiently funded children’s services, the principles underpinning direct payments for disabled children and young people and their families, such as greater control and choice over their own care and support, are potentially at risk.”

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