BBC article on Direct Payments

This article was on the bbc website today. My response to Donal Macntyre is below http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/8308782.stm.

Hi Donal

I did not manage to hear the podcast yesterday but read the article online by a beeb reporterI work as a fundraiser for Scope but am not in policy or campaigns. However I am a sociable 26 year old guy working full time and living independently. Therefore this is my personal view rather than that of my charity’s.

My overriding feeling from the article is it was so so negative to direct payments. I understand that not everyone can deal with the complexities of running your own care. However with the right advice and training on this management the freedom, choice and control it gives is far worth the effort.

I know of people stuck in the old routine with a different support worker each visit, no continuity, respect or time keeping. With your own support you hire, fire and have the contract set out to protect you and support you. To say by having a support worker they will take your money and rip you off is very misleading. There is always a risk but with good recruitment, CRB checks and common sense it can be enlightening.

I just wanted to put a balance on the article. Apologies if the podcast was more balanced. Overall with the right angle for the right people direct payments are basically right 🙂

To see how I get on with basically a severe disability please check www.martynsibley.com.

Kind regards

Martyn

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  1. hi Martin we chatted online earlier mutual chum mike donovan Direct payments are all well and good i think it is important to have choice as long as it doesn't develop thin end of the wedge style into a situation where all or most people have to do this personally i have enough trouble ticking over day today without worrying about all that i know my social worker quite well and am happy to let them carry on i would find doing all that way too stressful catch you online soon

  2. hi Martin we chatted online earlier mutual chum mike donovan Direct payments are all well and good i think it is important to have choice as long as it doesn't develop thin end of the wedge style into a situation where all or most people have to do this personally i have enough trouble ticking over day today without worrying about all that i know my social worker quite well and am happy to let them carry on i would find doing all that way too stressful catch you online soon

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