Charities cautious about individual budgets
Reacting to the publicationâ by the Department of Health of the evaluation of the Individual Budgets pilot programme,â theâ Right care, Right deal coalition has expressed caution about the way cash for care affects outcomes for older people.
Counsel and Care chief executive Stephen Burke said lessons must be learned from the pilots when personal budgets were implemented more widely.
‘What is critical is that older people get proper support to take control of their care,’ said Mr Burke.
‘That means making good information, advice and advocacy available to all who want and need it.’
Senior policy officer for health and social care at Help the Aged Lizzie McLennan said giving people money to arrange their own care was a good idea in principle and had the potential to completely revolutionise the system of social care in England.
‘However, the results of this independent evaluation show that on balance they are notâ always so positive on the ground, es