Centre for Disability Studies
School of Sociology and Social Policy
University of Leeds
This presentation will discuss the thinking behind the development of 'direct payment' type schemes for personal assistants (PAs) for disabled people in the UK, and their relationship to the concept of independent living from the perspective of the disabled people's movement.
Attention will then centre on the British Government's policy on direct payments since the 1980s, followed by an examination of the current situation in terms of the distribution, accessibility and support for such schemes at the local level.