SCIE media statement

National Audit Office – Personal budgets

15 September 2011

Responding to the National Audit Office (NAO) report on the use of personal budgets, SCIE’s Director of Adult Services, David Walden, says:

SCIE agrees that more needs to be done to provide choice for people. They also need consistent contact with a worker who knows their circumstances.  This chimes with the findings of a report that we ourselves published, which looks at the experiences of personal budgets being used by older people, and people with mental health issues. Personal budget-holders also say they need clear information about how to use the funding. And people can be enabled to define their own risks and to recognise, identify and report abuse, neglect and safeguarding issues.

However, it’s good to hear that most people who have personal budgets in social care are reporting improved wellbeing. The evidence has been showing us this for some time. We also know that innovation has helped people with personal budgets to have more choice and control. We’re pleased that the report mentions SCIE’s role in disseminating good practice in personal budgets work. We will continue to work with the Department of Health and the Think Local Act Personal partnership to get these messages across.

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