One million people to have personal care budgets by 2013

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 17 November 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c6609
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

The government has announced plans to transform social care funding by giving around one million older people, people with a disability, and their carers a personal care budget by 2013.

A greater emphasis on personal choice and greater cooperation between local government and the NHS is at the heart of the Department of Health’s plans unveiled this week.

Health minister Paul Burstow made several announcements including:

  • Councils will give around a million eligible people control of a personal budget for social care, which can range from a few hundred pounds to tens of thousands of pounds a year, by 2013

  • A £400m (€470m; $645m) investment over the next four years to …

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