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Disabled: Social Security Benefits

Volume 504: debated on Monday 18 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what his latest estimate is of the number of people who are in receipt of an individual budget. (311578)

The terms Individual Budget and Personal Budget were used synonymously during the pilot stage of the personalisation project. However, Personal Budget is the term now being used for national implementation and relates to social care funding only. Individual Budgets is now the term used for a notional amount of funding from a variety of sources which may include social care funding as well as other sources. The NHS Information Centre did not collect information on the number of Individual Budgets in 2008-09. However, information on the number of clients planned to receive services via Personal Budgets in 2008-09 was collected and this information has been provided to answer the question.

The NHS Information Centre for health and social care collects and publishes information on the number of people receiving Personal Budgets from councils with adult social services responsibilities (CASSRs).

Provisional data show that 13,800 social care service users (aged 18 and over) in 128 CASSRs were planned to receive services via a Personal Budget as at 31 March 2009. Over 100,000 people have benefited from personal budgets to date.

Final data for 2008-09 are expected to be published by the NHS Information Centre on 25 February 2010.