Department for Work and Pensions

Right to Control Trailblazers



The Pilot to test the Right to Control ended at midnight on 12 December 2013. The DWP Minister for Disabled People is now considering the findings from the pilot.

This means from the 13 December 2013, individuals who live in any one of the seven Trailblazer areas will now revert back to mainstream funding to cater for their needs.

What was the Right to Control?

The Right to Control was a legal right for disabled people giving them more choice and control over the support they needed to go about their daily lives. The pilot tested how disabled adults living in seven test areas would be able to combine the support they receive from up to six different sources and decide how best to spend the funding to meet their needs. During the pilot disabled people were able to choose to:

What are Trailblazers?

Trailblazers are geographical areas where the Right to Control was being tested. Seven Trailblazer areas worked with DWP Jobcentre Plus to test how the Right to Control would work for disabled adults.

What publicly funded services participated in the Right to Control?

The Right to Control included services funded by Department for Work and Pensions, (DWP), Communities and Local Government (CLG), and Department of Health (DH).

The Funding streams that were available were:

Who were Trailblazers?

The seven Trailblazers that participated in testing the Right to Control were:

All trailblazers started their testing of the Right to Control on 13 December 2010 with the exception of Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Sheffield City Council who started on 1 March 2011 and the Manchester Area Partnership who started on 1 April 2011.

Trailblazers were able to share information and support each other online by joining the Right to Control Group on the Knowledge Hub.

Extension of Right to Control

Following a consultation there was solid support to extend the Right to Control pilot for a further 12 months from 12 December 2012 to 12 December 2013.

All the local authorities delivering the Right to Control were invited to participate in the extension period, and all but Oldham Council agreed.

The legislation to enable the extension of the Pilot for a further 12 months was approved by Parliament. The Right to Control was therefore available in all participating local authorities until the end of the day on 12 December 2013.


Page last reviewed: 13 December 2013

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