2nd National Personal Budget Survey

Personal budgets (PBs) and Personal Health Budgets (PHBs) are a way of informing individuals who need support and their families how much money their council or the NHS will make available to them to meet their needs.

Twenty-two volunteer councils in England took part in the 2nd National Personal Budget survey. The work was carried out on behalf of TLAP by the charity In Control, the survey was undertaken using In Control's Personal Budgets Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET). The tool asks local users and carers about the impact of PBs in important areas of their lives and support. It also gives them a chance to express their views about outcomes and process.

The survey of more than 3,300 people who use PBs in social care and their carers has found positive results when people have taken up PBs.

The survey found that:

• Over 70 per cent of people who hold a PB reported a positive impact on being independent, getting the support they need and want and being supported with dignity

• Over 60 per cent reported a positive impact on physical health, mental wellbeing and control over their support

• A further 50 per cent reported a positive impact on feeling safe in and outside their home, and in their relationships with paid supporters. The survey found only small numbers of people reporting any negative impact.

For the first time, the same survey was also run with 195 people who hold personal health budgets (PHBs) and 117 of their carers. This group reported similar positive results as those with social care PBs.

The full reports and documents below include detail of the key findings and the methodology employed.