Introducing personal budgets - what we can learn from other countries

This report entitled The Transition to Personal Budgets for People with Disabilities: A Review of Practice in Specified Jurisdictions (2012) summarises the available evidence, across five countries – UK, US, Canada, Australia and the Netherlands - on the introduction of personal budgets as an alternative to directly-provided disability services. While there have been relatively few research studies on this, some key messages have come through

  • The introduction of personal budgets provides an opportunity to promote people with disabilities’ level of choice and control over the support they may need
  • Service users tend to be positive
  • Because people have individual needs, a single model of personal budget may not suit everyone
  • Personal budgets may not be the best option for everyone
  • It is a challenge to introduce personal budgets alongside direct provision of services

A paper summarising the findings of the different individual studies reviewed is available on request by contacting us.

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