Academics to examine individual budgets

Posted on June 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

Older people are one of five groups to be studied by academics at the University of York’s Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU) to evaluate whether a new method of funding support for users of social care services – individual budgets – will lead to more choice and flexibility over their support needs. Individual budgets, which are central to government policies to modernise health and social care, set out the total resources to which a person is entitled from different services, including community care, equipment and housing adaptations budgets and funding to enable disabled people to get to work. The individual can then spend the money in ways that best meet their needs. The scheme is being piloted in 13 local authorities across England and evaluated by the a consortium led by SPRU that includes,the Personal Social Services Research Unit at the London School of Economics and the Universities of Kent and Manchester; and the Social Care Workforce Research Unit at Kings College London. The research is fun

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