Wales

Direct payments co-operatives to manage disability care needs

Disabled people who receive direct benefits payments for their care needs will be able to join forces to design and manage the services they need.

They will be able to pool cash to share resources by setting up co-operatives in a project being run in Wales.

It is being led by Disability Wales and Wales Co-operative Centre.

More than 4,000 people in Wales receive direct payments which are paid by local authorities to allow them to purchase their own care.

Health Minister Mark Drakeford said the project would allow a "real opportunity" for people to control how "they want to lead their lives".

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