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Right to Control

Government launches consultation on the right to control

The government is introducing a new right for disabled adults. The right will give disabled people greater choice and control over the support they receive.

What is the right to control?

The Right to Control is about disabled people having control over the support they need to go about their daily lives.

How will the Right to Control work?

Disabled people who are eligible for support will be told how much money is available to spend on that support.

They will be able to decide how the money is spent, by saying what service they want and / or being given money to buy the support themselves. They will have the choice to have as much, or as little, direct control over the money as they are comfortable with. It will be up to each individual to decide what is right for them.

The consultation

The Office for Disability Issues ran a consultation about how the Right to Control should work throughout the summer of 2009.  The ILF fully supported this consultation and gathered the views of over 700 users and their representatives as part of the process.  We used all of the feedback we received to produce for the Government, which outlined all of our findings.

The Government has now published its response to the consultation, which ended on 30 September 2009.  The response is based on all of the 17 questions asked as part of the consultation. 

The link to the Government response is

The Trailblazers

Local authorities are invited to apply to become a Trailblazer site to work with the Government to successfully deliver the Right to Control.  The Office for Disability Issues has produced a prospectus for potential Trailblazers, which invites bids from local authorities wishing to trailblaze the Right to Control in England. Authorities who wish to be considered as a trailblazer site need to submit their application by 15 January 2010.

The link to the prospectus is

You can find out more by visiting:
or contact the Office for Disability Issues:

Right to Control
Ground Floor
Office for Disability Issues
Caxton House
Tothill Street

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