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Adapted Car Hire News Updates: New report into how councils should be working with disabled people

A new report from disability charity Scope and think tank nef has outlined how it thinks councils and charities can work together to deliver better and more cost effective support to disabled people.

The report, Doing services differently: local innovations for disabled people, aims to address the issues rising from budget cuts by reframing the support provided and placing disabled people at the centre of the service, which it says will reduce costs.

For instance, the report recommends identifying what disabled people actually want and not assuming this on their behalf. Councils should also be building and developing on capabilities i.e. what people can do, rather than what they can’t.

The third principle outlined in the report is for services to be co-designed, co-developed and co-delivered by disabled people and disabled organisations.

Providing disabled people and their families with what they actually want and involving them in the care will save money, according to the report.

It also encourages local authorities to communicate with one another to learn to improve specialist services. An example of best practice is Leeds City Council’s ‘Better lives for people in Leeds’ scheme, which works with disabled people and their families to develop new care markets and offer a greater range of activities for disabled people to choose.

Mick Ward, Head of Commissioning for the Leeds scheme, says: “We have to recognise that we have to use a wide range of approaches because different things are going to work for different communities and different organisations.”

The main hope of the report is that it will spark a conversation between councils and charities on how they can work together to continue to deliver valuable support to disabled people despite slashed budgets.

In other news, the Dan Maskell Tennis Trust and the Tennis Foundation have donated 60 tennis wheelchairs to tennis venues across the UK in a bid to boost participation in this disability sport.

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