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Personalisation through individual budgets: does it work and for whom?

Netten, Ann, Jones, Karen, Knapp, Martin ORCID: 0000-0003-1427-0215, Fernández, José-Luis ORCID: 0000-0002-4190-7341, Challis, David, Glendinning, Caroline, Jacobs, Sally, Manthorpe, Jill, Moran, Nicola, Stevens, Martin and Wilberforce, Mark (2011) Personalisation through individual budgets: does it work and for whom? British Journal of Social Work, Online. ISSN 1468-263X

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Identification Number: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr159


In England, ‘personal budgets’ are being implemented at a time of financial austerity. They are part of a growing trend internationally to give users of publicly funded social care and support more choice and control. In the individual budgets' (IB) pilot, people were allocated and had control over the way their IB was managed and spent, offering the opportunity to explore the potential of IBs to deliver better outcomes for people than conventional services and support. We describe the way we measured outcomes, the effects we found and how they varied between and within service user groups. For some groups, there were clear benefits from IBs. However, it should not be a ‘one-size-fits-all’ approach, and, in taking personal budgets forward, it is important to consider how best to address the particular challenges for older people, effects on social work practice and resource implications if the potential benefits are to be achieved. Social workers may find themselves implementing a policy with considerable potential, but which may prove very difficult to achieve in the current financial climate.

Item Type: Article
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Additional Information: © 2011 Oxford University Press
Divisions: Social Policy
Personal Social Services Research Unit
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HB Economic Theory
H Social Sciences > HN Social history and conditions. Social problems. Social reform
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
JEL classification: I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I1 - Health > I18 - Government Policy; Regulation; Public Health
I - Health, Education, and Welfare > I3 - Welfare and Poverty > I38 - Government Policy; Provision and Effects of Welfare Programs
Date Deposited: 02 Dec 2011 12:04
Last Modified: 20 Oct 2021 03:14

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