February 28, 2012 | Admin | Leave a comment The Scottish Government Offer both goods and grants plus optional other support Respondents broadly supported the option of offering both goods and grants to enable individual circumstances to be addressed, while giving people choice and offering flexibility. Grants The advantage of grants was that they enable personal choice, which helps to empower individuals and promote financial capability. The provision of grants would also support local economies. Goods The provision of goods would provide the potential for savings through bulk purchasing and through avoiding the inappropriate spending of cash payments. Alternatives to goods-only provision would be to offer vouchers or a supervised-spend system. The main disadvantage of providing goods was that it limited individual choice and personal responsibility. The types of goods that should be provided included a range of white goods, furniture and other household items seen as essential to furnish a home. Respondents argued that goods provision should be flexible to meet the specific needs of individuals with disabilities. Optional support and advice Respondents were generally in favour of offering other types of support (such as budgeting advice) with the strong caveat that such support should not be compulsory.