Elderly to be given more control of care
Councils will be able to give older and vulnerable people more control over their care through plans to role out personalised budgets.
The government’s housing strategy, which was published today, sets out plans to roll out personalised Supporting People budgets with several councils and other partners. These provide people with cash budgets that can be used to fund supported housing services.
The areas will deliver the first budgets at the start of 2012.
The government also strengthened its commitment to trialling payment by results models, and promised that planning and housing policies will reflect the aging population.
Ministers will also invest £1.5 million in the first stop scheme – an advice service for older people and their families to help them make choices about housing and care. There will also be a greater role for home improvement agencies in helping older people achieve energy efficiency standards in their homes.