If people know what they are entitled to as a budget then they can plan how to get support in a more creative and empowering way. This was the idea that was at the heart of what has now become known as the Individual or Personal Budget.
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A report setting out a model for integrating health and social care for people with mental health services - designed to promote personalisation, empowerment and citizenship.
Simon Duffy argues that individual budgets are provided as additional income, which is provided to people in order that they can meet their needs.
This graphic shows that people, using their individual budgets, make better decisions than government.
An Individual Budget is a system for individualized funding where the person is told, up-front, how much they are entitled to.