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Social care personal budgets successful

Social care personal budgets successful

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Personalised social services budgets are being offered to service users by the majority of councils, a survey has revealed. 

Councils reported to the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) that 76% of all eligible adults received personalised services and support. 

And 33 councils in England (26%) said that 90% of all eligible adults received personalised services and support. 

A total of £3.3 bn was allocated in personal budgets in 2012/13, 30 per cent as Direct Payments and 70 per cent as council-managed budgets.

ADASS president Sandie Keene said: “One of the biggest challenges still facing the continued expansion of personalisation is the development of a suitably diverse market to meet individual preferences. 

“The overwhelming evidence from local authorities demonstrates that, overall, the substantial majority of social care departments are providing personalised social care services to well over two thirds of eligible individuals, although there is still further to go to make sure that personalisation becomes a reality for all.” 

Personalised health budgets and direct payments for healthcare came into force from 1 August 2013. 

 

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