Personal budgets briefing: Learning from the experiences of older people and their carers

This At a glance briefing is a summary of older people's and carers' experiences of using self-directed support and personal budgets. It is based on a six month study, which also included people with mental health problems. The research was commissioned from a joint team from Acton Shapiro, the National Centre for Independent Living (NCIL) and the Social Policy Research Unit (SPRU). Previous evaluation of individual budgets showed that they could give people a greater sense of control and satisfaction with services, but there were differences in the uptake and outcomes for older people and people with mental health difficulties (Glendinning et al 2008).