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Personal budgets could put vulnerable at risk

19th October 2009

Campaign groups have warned that the Department of Health's (DH) plan to give adults a budget to finance their own care will leave some people in danger of being exploited.

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The DH has planned to give every adult in England who uses social care money to claim the cost of their care by 2011.

However the country's biggest public sector union Unison has said that this approach could put "vulnerable" members of society at risk.

The government's plans mean that people who use carers will be in charge of the employment of the people who look after them.

According to a survey carried out by Unison, 62% of social workers thought that the introduction of personal care budgets will negate the work done to ensure vunerable people are protected.

"Whilst the new system will work really well for some people, others need good reliable care, not cash," Unison's Helga Pile said.

She said she was concerned about people who had to navigate "the minefield" of being an employer by themselves.

"Social workers fear this will result in an increase in the number of safeguarding vulnerable adult cases."

A spokesman for the DH said: "Safeguarding people in vulnerable situations remains a priority but must be balanced with the genuinely transformational opportunities presented by direct payments".


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