Seven Principles of Self-Directed Support
We believe that there are seven principles that underpin Self-Directed Support:
Right to independent living
If someone has an impairment they should be able to get the support they need to live an independent life.
Right to a personal budget
If someone needs ongoing support they should be able to decide how the money that pays for that support is used.
Right to self-determination
If someone needs help to make decisions then decision-making should involve that person as much as possible and reflect that person’s own interests and preferences.
Right to accessibility
People must be able to understand the systems and rules to maximize the ability of the person to control their own support.
Right to flexible funding
When someone is using their personal budget they should be free to spend their money in a way that best makes sense to them, without unnecessary restrictions.
The person with support needs and the government both have a responsibility to each other to explain their decisions and to share what they have learned.
People with support needs, their families and their communities must not be assumed to be incapable of managing their support, learning new skills or making a contribution.