Direct payments for healthcare

We estimate that around 25,000 people with spinal cord injury in the UK receive some form of care support. Our recently published care research revealed that 34% of care hours received by people with spinal cord injury are provided by the NHS. Many of the people we work with could benefit from a personal health budget. Aspire welcomes this opportunity to respond to the Direct Payments for Healthcare consultation. Read our response to the Direct Payments for Healthcare here.


A decade into the 21st century, accessibility is still a major issue for disabled people. Not being able to use public transport is a huge problem, robbing people of their independence and often incurring additional travel costs when other forms of transport have to be used.   Aspire ran focus groups, held interviews with wheelchair users and ran online surveys to collect views on a range of transport issues. Our consultation responses to the Department for Transport on powered wheelchairs and mobility scooters and on improving bus passenger services made extensive use of this research.

Consultation Responses

Aspire regularly feeds its expertise to government on a range of issues that affect people with Spinal Cord Injury. Recently, Aspire has responded to Personal Independence Payment: Moving Around Activity Consultation; the Department of Health on the Liberating the NHS – Commissioning for Patients paper; the Department for Work and Pensions on the Disability Living Allowance ReformsDisability Employment Schemes and the 21st Century Welfare paper; and the Mayor of London on the Greater London Authority Draft Disability Equality Scheme 2010-2011.

Housing Standards

Housing Standards Review: Illustrative Technical Standards Developed by the Working Groups – Consultation response

Housing Standards Review - Consultation response

Disabled Fitness Instructors

Aspire works extensively on Disability and Employment in the Leisure Industry.  Read more about the research Aspire conducted on disability in the leisure industry here.

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