Community must decide on what price it puts on a person’s needs

by Colin Slasberg

The issue of eligibility remains a major threat to the personalisation strategy as we await the Supreme Court’s judgement in the McDonald v Kensington and Chelsea case. The level of funding and the way a council manages less money than it requires are both crucial issues.
The key issue is the status of needs that fall below the council’s eligibility threshold, which for most councils is set at “critical” and “substantial”. Councils usually deny the existence of such needs, fearing that acknowledging them will result in an obligation to meet them. They describe them as being merely wants, not needs at all.

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