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Study into personal budgets finds encouraging results

Tuesday 23 October 2012

One of the liveliest debates in social care at the moment concerns how personal budgets benefit different groups of people in different ways. Investigating this issue in Essex, we found that while personal budgets nearly always contribute to a positive experience for all, there was a marked difference in the benefits derived by older people compared to other users.

For more than three years, the Office for Public Management, in conjunction withEssex County Council and user-led disability organisation ecdp, has been working with social care users in Essex examining the impact of personal budgets on the lives of the people who use them. With the government wanting all those eligible to be on a personal budget by April 2013, there is a pressing need to understand the impact of personal budgets and how best to support people in using them.

Read the full article on The Guardian website.