Report 37: Personalisation, productivity and efficiency

Other strategic approaches

'Councils with developed forecasts expect savings to come from other areas of Putting People First, such as prevention, early intervention and enablement, rather than from personal budgets' (14)

The Audit Commission report on financial aspects of personal budgets showed that local authorities that were further along the process of personal budget implementation recognised the fact that savings could come from wider strategic and efficient integrated working.

Studies are showing the potential of telecare, reablement, assistive technology and adaptations and equipment to result in cost-effectiveness, to promote independent living and better outcomes for people who use services and carers (28, 29, 23, 11), although the aim of cost saving needs to be balanced with quality and determined by user outcomes (30). As discussed in the previous section, the POPPs evaluation demonstrated the potential savings gained from an integrated, preventative approach to health and independent living for older people that included the use of assistive technology and reablement (22).


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