What is the London Brokerage Network (LBN)?
The LBN is a membership organisation for paid and unpaid support brokers and support planners in London and the South East. It is facilitated by Andrew Carpenter, the London representative of the National Brokerage Network. Those that join the LBN sign up to a code of practice and a set of principles, so that membership can be a badge of quality and ethical practice.
The LBN believes in collaboration between brokers, so that paid and unpaid, independent and employed brokers should be facilitated to work together to best support their communities.
The LBN believes that having genuine choice is integral to the Personalisation agenda and the changes happening within social care. To this end, the LBN supports there being a diverse and transparent set of options for support brokerage available to disabled people, including the option to broker for themselves.
The LBN seeks to demonstrate the significant numbers of quality support brokers and be a strong voice for ethical practice and giving choice and control to disabled people. The LBN believes that independent brokerage is an integral part of the Personalisation of social care services as it gives disabled people a right to choose support that is directly accountable to them.
Essential to the ethos of the LBN is the notion of collaboration. Any network is only as strong as its members and the network’s success depends on the contributions of each member.