SCIE Report 40: Keeping personal budgets personal: learning from the experiences of older people, people with mental health problems and their carers

Introduction

Personal budgets can enhance people's sense of control and satisfaction with services, [but] there is substantial variation in the benefits and experiences of older people and people with mental health problems

This report is a summary of people's experiences of using self-directed support and personal budgets.

The national evaluation of the Department of Health (DH) individual budgets pilots (a version of personal budgets which attempted to combine several separate funding streams) concluded that while individual budgets could enhance people's sense of control and satisfaction with services, there was substantial variation in the benefits and experiences of older people and people with mental health problems. These findings were consistent with the large body of earlier research evidence on the barriers to the take up of direct payments, and have been supported by a number of more recent reports. In the light of this evidence, SCIE commissioned this practice investigation to explore further the experiences of these groups and their carers.

The overall aim of the research was to provide evidence to inform good practice in personal budget processes for people with mental health problems and older people. It draws primarily on the experiences of personal budget holders and carers, supported by the views of practitioners and managers from local authorities, trusts and support provider organisations. The findings are structured around the main stages of the personal budget process.

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