Making choices, taking control

Edited by Deborah Davidson and Laura Luckhurst

Summarising a recent conference to discuss direct payments for mental health users, this paper draws together the contributions and recommendations of speakers, participants and organisers.

Contributors included: John Evans (Chair, European Network on Independent Living) who describe how disabled people developed ideas of managing their own “care” budgets; Tina Coldham (Project Co-ordinator, Hampshire and Surrey), who talked about the development of the National Pilot Scheme; and Pauline Heslop from Bristol and Val Yellow from West of England Centre for Independent Living, who discussed getting and using Direct Payments. This review includes the workshops that followed the formal papers.

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