Elderly control own care budget10th December 2007
Health secretary Alan Johnson has said that elderly people in England are to be given cash to fund their own social care.
From next April, millions of pensioners will take control over how the money is spent, rather than relying on social workers to make the decisions.
Mr Johnson has described the move as a “radical transfer of power from the state to the public��?. The initiative will also see the possibility of younger disabled people being allocated a personal budget for their care.
Councils will be given £520m over three years to improve services. Under the scheme, individuals means-tested to assess their health and personal needs. Councils will then pay the cash into their bank accounts or those of nominated relatives.
Mr Johnson said: “Our commitment that the majority of social care funding will be controlled by individuals, though personal budgets represents a radical transfer of power from the state to the public.
“Everyone, irrespective of their illness or disability has the right to self-determination and maximum control over their own lives.��?
Chairman of the Local Government Association Sir Simon Milton described the change as a landmark agreement and that the new grant for social care reform would help enable councils to move towards a more personalised and preventative system of care.
Director general of campaign group Age Concern Gordon Lishman welcomed the move and said: “It is absolutely right to put older people’s needs at the centre of the care system and to place a clear emphasis on preventive services.��?
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Monday 10th December 2007 @ 15:51
I agree that this would seem to be a radical move which will shift the balance from receiver to participator. I wonder what the assessment criteria will be for these payments and what measures will be in place to protect elderly people from exploitation. Will there be advice readily on hand for them to make informed choices about the care available and will there be any emergency measures put in to place if someone's condition changes or they run out of money?
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Title: Elderly control own care budget
Author: Mark Nicholls
Article Id: 5022
Date Added: 10th Dec 2007