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Longitudinal study of Personal Budgets for Adult Social Care in Essex

Monday 1 October 2012

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Essex County Council has today published the final 3-year longitudinal study evaluating the impact and effectiveness of Personal Budgets in Essex.

The joint project between Essex County Council, OPM and ecdp, began in October 2008 and is the first study of its kind. This final report captures the impact of self-managed Personal Budgets on the lives of people who use them and evaluates the effectiveness of Essex County Council’s practices and processes in supporting the delivery of Personal Budgets.

Speaking about the project, Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care, Cllr John Aldridge, said: “I welcome the publication of the final report of the Longitudinal Study of Personal Budgets in Essex.  This provides compelling evidence that personal budgets work in delivering independence, choice and control for the individual and good value for money.  I would like to thank everyone who participated in the study which I am sure will help to inform policy both locally and nationally.”

The full report and 5 briefing papers covering different key themes can be downloaded below. To introduce the report, Liz Chidgey, Acting Executive Director of Adult Social Care at Essex County Council, and Mike Adams, Chief Executive Officer of ecdp, discuss their perspectives on some of the key findings from the study below.

Download Briefing Paper 1 – Positive impacts of Personal Budgets on service users

Download Briefing Paper 2 – Factors that enable Personal Budgets to have a positive impact

Download Briefing Paper 3 – Ways to improve the impact of Personal Budgets

Download Briefing Paper 4 – Family, friends and Personal Budgets

Download Briefing Paper 5 – Impacts of Personal Budgets on providers