individual budgets

The Right to Control is about disabled people having control over the support they need to live their lives. This consultation aims to look at the best way for disabled adults to access new services, such as individual budgets, which will give them more control over the services they are entitled to.

The consultation is the first step in designing trailblazer sites to find out the best way to deliver the Right to Control. Annexes include a summary of funding streams that could be included in Right to Control trailblazers, case studies and a glossary.

Paper setting out the potential shape of mental health services in England in 2015. Among other ambitions, it sees services as more accessible, equal, more supportive of carers, producing better care planning, offering individual budgets and investing in service user groups.

DH Care Networks have been developed to facilitate the implementation of policy and offer specialist support around service transformation, integration and whole system reform, housing with care, assistive technology and partnership working. Networks currently on the site are: Integration, Personalisation, Prevention, Independent Living Choices, Dignity in Care, Commissioning, Dementia, Care Services Efficiency Delivery (CSED), Common Assessment Framework (CAF) for Adults, and Personal Health Budget Network. Each network contains a range of useful resources and tools.

Individual budgets could transform young disabled people's transition to adults' services, but only if they are implemented with proper support.

The author reports on planned pilot schemes in local authorities and what needs to be considered so that individual budgets can be used by young people in transition.

The author reports on research which aimed to examine the impact on carers of people receiving individual budgets and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.

While there are many ways in which personal budgets can be provided, one of the main ways is through a direct payment.

This research is the first to examine the impact on carers of people receiving IBs and the outcomes for carers of this new approach.

Resource allocation systems based upon measures of need are one widely adopted approach to estimating the cost of the individual service user’s care package in a manner directly proportionate to individual need. 

However, some recent studies have questioned the feasibility and utility of such systems, arguing that the relationship between needs and costs cannot be modelled with sufficient accuracy to provide a useful guide to individual allocation. In contrast, this paper presents three studies demonstrating that this is possible.

Discussion paper that describes a way forward for developing Resource Allocation Systems (RAS) in Scotland as an essential component of a sustainable system of self-directed support. It argues that, rather than fixate on one model or system, there needs to be a period of genuine innovation and exploration in partnership with disabled people and families.