SCIE press release

Statement – ADASS survey

21 June 2012

Commenting on news from today’s ADASS survey that the use of personal social care budgets has risen by nearly 40%, SCIE’s Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe, says:

Today’s news is encouraging and important. People who use services can benefit from personal budgets to access the care and support that’s individual to them. The report explains that, as of March this year, half of people eligible for personal budgets were using them to arrange their care. This shows that councils in England are making progress in putting policy into practice.

Of course there are challenges in getting diversity in the local adult social care market, but what’s important is that the amount that councils are spending on personal budgets has increased by 57% since 2010-11. This evidence shows that, by using council funds innovatively, commissioners and providers can oversee quality services that provide value-for-money and better outcomes. The people who use social care services can be the winners. Councils and others can use SCIE resources to support further progress in this area. We highlight good practice and suggest ways of improving the systems and services that support personal budgets.

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