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Government establishes ‘personal budgets’ for social care

11th December 2007

The government has announced plans to revolutionise care for older and disabled people with the introduction of personal care budgets and a commitment to support independent living.

Following agreement by central and local government, the professional leaders of adult social care and the NHS, 520 million pounds of funding has been pledged for the transformation of care for older and disabled people.

According to the proposals, most individuals receiving funded care will be given their own personal budget to choose their own support services, with an increased use of direct payments.

Furthermore, first-stop shops will become more common, while top quality care providers will be rewarded and poorer homes no longer used by the NHS or local authorities.

Alan Johnson, health secretary, said: “Our commitment that the majority of social care funding will be controlled by individuals, though personal budgets represents a radical transfer of power from the state to the public.

“Everyone, irrespective of their illness or disability has the right to self determinations and maximum control over their own lives.”

He added that the concordat is a groundbreaking one, marking the first attempt by central government to co-produce major public service reform with the NHS, local government and other stakeholders.

Last month, the Department of Health announced the publication of the health and social care bill which set out plans for the reforming of professional regulation and the establishment of the Care Quality Commission.

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