The 1996 Community Care (Direct Payments) Act came into force in 1 April 1997, empowering social services departments to make cash payments to some service users in lieu of direct service provision. Social work and direct payments guides readers through the issues at stake in this fundamental area of practice.
The book summarises and builds on current knowledge and research about direct payments in the UK and considers developments in other European countries. It identifies good practice in the area and explores the implications of direct payments, both for service users and for social work staff.
"... a useful reference book both for policy makers and practitioners." Quality in Ageing
"This book will fill a gap in academic studies of direct payments. There is no other publication as comprehensive as this one." Frances Hasler, Co-Director, National Centre for Independent Living
Jon Glasby is a Lecturer in the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham.
Rosemary Littlechild is a Lecturer in Social Work at the Department of Social Policy and Social Work, University of Birmingham.
Contents: Introduction; History; From indirect to direct payments I: legislation; From indirect to direct payments II: guidance and extension; The progress of direct payments; The experiences of different user groups; The advantages of direct payments; Possible difficulties; Practical issues; Conclusion: implications for community care