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Local authorities and others need to take a step back and re visit the principles that lead us to SDS. As I understand these they weren’t the desire to separate people off with the own little budgets, they weren’t the desire to simply put a price on social care and they weren’t an attempt to recreate the old system but with a different commissioning model. As I see it underpinning SDS is the belief that service users are experts on their own lives. That idea can only have an impact if people can get the information they need and are listened too. SDS needs to be exactly that, self-directed support and this will always suffer if the ability to make decisions is the gift of professionals.