Right to Control
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The Right to Control will be a major step towards achieving disability equality.
The Right to Control is a new policy, which aims to give disabled people more choice over the services they receive, and more control in their own lives.
What is the Right to Control?
The Right to Control is about shifting the balance of power from the state to the individual and recognising that disabled people are the experts in their own lives.
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Why is the Right needed?
At the moment, many disabled people do not have the sort of choice and control over their lives that non-disabled people take for granted. The Government is therefore committed to providing greater choice and control over the support they receive from the State.
Baroness Jane Campbell, chair of the Right to Control Advisory Group, and part of the Trailblazer selection panel, said: "The Right to Control will give disabled people real control of their lives, and not just mean we have to make do with the services that are available.
"For the first time disabled people will be able to design their support and who delivers it from beginning to end. I’m very excited about working with the chosen Trailblazer areas to make choice for disabled people a reality.
Each of the local authorities will have to work with disabled people to develop individual support plans and each plan will make effective use of all the funding available to an individual, to meet their goals.
Leicester chosen as Trailblazer for Right to Control
Leicester is to trial a new project that will give disabled people more choice and control over the care they receive. One of only eight authorities in the country chosen as a trailblazer for
Right to Control (RTC), LCIL will work with other agencies and partners to help introduce more personalised services.
This will include bringing together funding streams from more than one agency:-
● Disabled Facilities Grants
● Access to Work
● Independent Living Fund
● Housing Related Support
● Work Choice
● Adult Social Services
There will also be extra support and advice available to help people to choose services and decide how to spend their funding.
The project will be starting from 13th December 2010 and will help to identify and overcome the barriers for extending different funding streams to those living in Leicester City who are 18 or over.
Being a Trailblazer means Leicester City Council will offer services to disabled people in a different way. Disabled people will be able to make decisions about their own support. Individuals will be able to create a support package based around their need rather than based around what others think they might need. They can choose to:
- Continue using their existing services
- Ask Leicester City Council to arrange a more tailored service or to buy equipment that they need, they could develop their support package in unusual ways – as long as it supports their independence and personal goals
- Take a direct cash payment to buy equipment or services, or
- A combination of these options.
LCIL has been chosen as the User Led Organisation to work in co-production with Leicester City Council. Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL) is working with Leicester City Council to open up opportunities for people to be involved in influencing the way services are changing.
What is a ULO?
User Led Organisations (ULOs) are local groups that are run and
controlled by disabled people. Services provided by ULOs vary but can include:
● Information and advice
● Advocacy and peer support
● Support in using Personal Budgets and/or Direct Payments
● Support in recruiting and employing personal assistants
● Assistance with self-assessment
● Disability equality training
ULOs can help to shape the changes that are taking place in social care by letting the Council know about customers’ experiences of both existing and piloted services, as well as telling them what they really want from social care.
More information about right to control is available on the ODI – Offices of Disability issues website:
Leicestershire Centre for Integrated Living (LCIL)
5-9 Upper Brown Street, Leicester LE1 5TE.
Telephone: 0116 2225005