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Use of personal budgets up by nearly 40 per cent

The total number of people who use personal budgets allocated by councils in England to agree care and support plans is estimated to be 432,349 – an increase of nearly 40 per cent during 2011/2012, according to new research.

This means that 52.8 per cent of people eligible for personal budgets are actually using them to arrange their care as at March 2012.

According to Sarah Pickup, president of ADASS: “The number of people supported in the community as at March 31 this year was 818,700. This represents a 7.7 per cent fall on the previous year’s figure of 886,939 reflecting the increased use of enablement and other services designed to reduce the need for ongoing support.”