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Social Services: Finance

Volume 498: debated on Wednesday 28 October 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health how many people have taken up (a) a direct payment and (b) an individual budget in each local authority area; and what targets have been set for the take up of each programme in each local authority area. (295604)

Following the end of the Individual budgets pilots project in December 2007, the Department announced a programme to introduce personal budgets which comprise social care funding only. As part of the Welfare Reform Bill, the ‘Right to Control’ work is building on the learning from the individual budget pilots to take forward the principles of choice and self-directed support through a range of income streams.

Information on what targets have been set for the take up of direct payments and individual budgets by each local authority is not collected centrally. The available information has been placed in the Library.