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Personal Health Budgets

Volume 486: debated on Thursday 15 January 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what funding streams he plans to include in the personal health budgets due to be piloted from 2009; and if he will make a statement. (247735)

The focus of the pilots will be the use of national health service funds.

Where appropriate, we hope personal health budgets will align with personal budgets for those eligible for social care so that the budget appears as seamless as possible to the individual using health and social care services, and to support a holistic approach to the planning of care and support. One of the goals of piloting personal health budgets is to understand how this could work and we hope local authorities and primary care trusts will work closely together on this issue.

The Government will shortly be launching the personal health budget programme formally, seeking expressions of interest in the pilots and local proposals for how personal budgets could work.