Webinar: Can personal budgets stimulate a diverse care market?

Councils have a legal duty to ‘shape’ a diverse market of quality care for the people it supports.  Can citizens’ spending power make the difference?   Does the use of personal budgets fuel demand, thereby raising standards and creating more choice?

This online event at 12.30 - 1.30pm on 12th March will address these questions.

Guest speakers – Helen Allen from Community Catalysts and TLAP host Martin Walker, along with Rachel Mason from the National Co-production Advisory Group will start from the position  “If you build it, they will come”. [Field of Dreams - film quote]

Who is this for?

  • Social workers
  • Providers of social care services both in-house and external
  • Community organisations
  • Commissioners and contract managers
  • Senior managers in commissioning, front line social work responsible for change management
  • Corporate finance teams

Come prepared to share your thoughts and questions via the chat function so that they can be addressed, or submit via info@tlap.org.uk ahead of the date.

Please note: we will be using Adobe Connect for this webinar, so check with your IT team that you have access to this software beforehand. A week before the webinar we will send you the link to the webinar page. 

Event Date



Event contact

Emily Thomas


Martin Walker

Martin Walker, Policy Advisor for personalised commissioning and self-directed support. Martin has extensive experience of working with councils and local providers on their self directed support offers, care planning, in particular Individual Service Fund provision.  He also has experience in offering person-centred, sustainable care options to the people in South Yorkshire.

Helen Allen, Community Catalysts

Rachel Mason, National Co-production Advisory Group