Magazine article Public Finance

Care of Elderly People to Focus on Personal Budgets

Magazine article Public Finance

Care of Elderly People to Focus on Personal Budgets

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Personal budgets will become a mainstream feature of older people's care over the next few years, according to care services minister Phil Hope.

Addressing a Local Government Information Unit conference on November 19, Hope strongly refuted suggestions from the floor that he had distanced himself from his predecessor Ivan Lewis's evangelical' enthusiasm for individual budgets.

'The policy hasn't shifted,' Hope said. 'We are pursuing individual budgets and personal budgets, and within them direct payments.'

Department of Health-commissioned research, published in October, suggested that elderly people find personal budgets more difficult to use than other social care service users, such as people with mental health problems and younger, disabled adults. …

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