Equality Impact Assessment

Name of the proposal : Direct Payments - Associated Costs and Technical Support

Department : Adult Services

Name of lead officer : Tamila Johnston

Publication date: 26/08/2011

Review date:25/08/2012

Departmental Manager Approval by : Lucy Butler

Departmental Manager Approval date : 02/09/2011

 

 

Main purpose and aims of the policy, plan or project

Create new departmental policy for the provision of funding to support Direct Payments recipients with using and managing their money.

Main elements of the policy, plan or project

Implementing new policy within business as usual.

Detailed Assessment

Age: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: The recommended policy proposes to provide bespoke support to Direct Payments recipients who require it. The services which will be available will aim to support individuals from any applicable age group to understand their responsibilities when using Direct Payments and help them manage the funds.

Service providers will be encouraged to evolve their products to meet the communities needs, this will be done by involving service users, carers, staff and providers to ensure effective services. Particular attention should be given to the provision of information so that it is available and accessible for older people to ensure that they are not excluded from Direct Payments and its support.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: As the statistics above show, the ages of people choosing to receive Direct Payments is not representative of the communities age demographic. This maybe because older people tend to not to choose Direct Payments, or that as older people they find it more difficult to receive and use Direct Payments and manage the accounts.
Disability: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: The recommended policy proposes to provide bespoke support to Direct Payments recipients who require it. The services which will be available will aim to support individuals from any applicable client group to understand their responsibilities when using Direct Payments and help them manage the funds.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: As the statistics above show, the client groups choosing to receive Direct Payments is not representative of the communities demographic. It is clear that people with physical and learning disabilities are choosing to use Direct Payments, whereas older people are underrepresented in this demographic comparison.

As stated above this maybe because older people tend to not to choose Direct Payments, or that as older people they find it more difficult to receive and use Direct Payments. This maybe because older people tend to not to choose Direct Payments, or that as older people they find it more difficult to receive and use Direct Payments and manage the accounts. It is hoped that the provision of the new proposed support services will encourage more older people to consider Direct Payments, specifically through a managed service whereby an older person may not have a third party or suitable person that could assist them in the management of the Direct Payments

Faith: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: The recommended policy proposes to provide bespoke support to Direct Payments recipients who require it. The services which will be available will aim to support individuals from all faiths to understand their responsibilities when using Direct Payments and help them manage the funds.
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Therefore there is no current data which can determine the faith of our defined community.

Gender: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: From the comparison of the two sets of data above we can see that the current provision of Direct Payments is equitable for each gender when compared to the percentage of the total community.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: N/A
Transgender: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: N/A
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: N/A
Race: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: The recommended policy proposes to provide bespoke support to Direct Payments recipients who require it. The services which will be available will aim to support individuals of any race to understand their responsibilities when using Direct Payments and help them manage the funds.

What action will be taken to address any identified issues: The statistics above show that ethnic minorities make up 1.64% of the community as a whole. In comparison, of those choosing to receive Direct Payments 2.7% are recorded as being from an ethnic minority. It can therefore be deduced that a higher proportion of ethnic minorities from the community as a whole are choosing to receive Direct Payments.

This maybe because Direct Payments are more flexible and enable greater versatility when purchasing and organising social care for individuals. People from ethnic minorities may find that their needs are less likely to be met by traditional services, preferring instead to make their own arrangements using Direct Payments. Furthermore, this higher proportion could well be reflected from Direct Payments Marketing by CDO’s over the past two years within the communities.

Sexual Orientation: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: The recommended policy proposes to provide bespoke support to Direct Payments recipients who require it. The services which will be available will aim to support individuals with any sexual orientation to understand their responsibilities when using Direct Payments and help them manage the funds
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: Particular attention should be given to the provision of information so that it is available and accessible for LGBT Communities to ensure that they are not excluded from Direct Payments and its support.
Marriage / civil partnership: Impact : Medium
How could the initiative improve equality of access: Support will be available as a matter of policy. Those persons who are married or in civil partnerships will benefit equally as any other carers would.
What action will be taken to address any identified issues: No perceived issue
Pregnancy & maternity: Impact : No Impact
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Other factors: Impact : No Impact
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Conclusion

Generally speaking this proposal does not have any perceived negative impacts on the above. In some cases it will have a positive impact.

 

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