Think Local Act Personal (TLAP) have published, this week, the results of the National Personal Budgets Survey of over 4,000 people and carers who use personal budgets.
The report focuses on the use of personal budgets in adult social services and health across England and is the largest survey to date looking at the impact that personal budgets are having on people’s lives.
More than 80 per cent of people surveyed said that a personal budget had made things better or a lot better when it came to dignity in support and quality of life.
At least two thirds also said their personal budget had made things better or a lot better when it came to independence, arranging support, mental health, control over their life, feeling safe, relationships with family and people paid to support them, friendships and self-esteem.
One of the most important findings was the very clear link between people’s experience of the process and the difference the personal budget made to people’s lives. Interestingly the findings also show that people who used their budget for personal assistants and community-based support rather than more ‘traditional services’ reported their personal budget making a bigger difference to their lives.
You can download a copy of the Third National Personal Budget Survey, a summary paper, PowerPoint presentation and info-graphic with the key findings here.