(2) if he will take steps to ensure local involvement network (LINk) members are paid expenses by the host organisation when they undertake activities on behalf of a LINk.
It is for each local involvement network (LINk) to determine its own policy regarding payment and reimbursement, including the payment of allowances and expenses. We have reminded LINks, and host organisations, that the Department’s “Reward and Recognition: The principles and practice of service user payment and reimbursement in health and social care” document provides a useful guide on these matters. Copies of this publication are available in the Library.
Local involvement networks operate in different ways and are funded differently from the way patients’ forums operated and were funded and the methods are not comparable. The amounts provided to local authorities (LAs) have been worked out according to the needs of each LA area. We have no plans to review the funding allocations.