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Adult social services praised for the improved satisfaction of personal budgets

28-May-13
Article By: Julia Corbett, News Editor

The success of personal budgets has been praised by the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services (ADASS) president after a new survey reveals satisfaction from users.

The ADASS president, Sandie Keene has described the improvements adult social services departments have made as ‘important strides’ in widening and improving the spread of personal budgets to older and disabled people.

The Think Local: Act Personal’s (TLAP) survey was completed by over 3,000 people who use personal care budgets, with over 70 per cent of people reporting that having a personal budget has had a positive impact on their ability to be independent.

The survey also found that 70 per cent of respondents felt that they were getting the support they need and want, and are being supported with dignity.

Only a small number of people reported that a personal care budget has resulted in a negative impact on their life.

A personal budget is an amount of money which is given to an adult requiring social care, for individuals to spend on the services and support they feel is appropriate to help them live more independently.

The money can be used to buy services such as home care from both council and privately run services, and allows people the option of mixing and matching from multiple organisations offering services in their area.

Acknowledging that there is continual room for improvement, Mrs Keene said: “Directors are strongly committed to improving access to more personalised care and will work with the TLAP and the sector-led improvement initiatives to drive change.

“But we must acknowledge that good and substantial progress is being made in helping people live better, more fulfilling lives, in spite of the many difficulties we face.”

Further results revealed that over 60 per cent of people reported a positive impact on their physical health, mental well-being and control over their support.

It is up to each individual as to whether they control their personal care budget, or whether it is done by someone on their behalf.

A further 50 per cent reported that their personal care budget has resulted in them feeling safe inside and outside their home, as well as in their relationships with paid supporters.

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