Cash or care? 10 essential questions for councils on personalisation
Councils are faced with squaring an impossible circle.
They must deliver personalised care and support to a growing
population within existing funding levels AND generate continuing
This has led to a focus on trying to use ‘cash for care’
schemes (direct payments, personal budgets, individual budgets)
as a means of personalising care services and saving money.
UNISON supports the principle that everyone should have
as much independence and control over their own care and
support arrangements as is right for them.
However the current funding gap in social care means that
the personalisation policy is likely to over-promise and
under-deliver, just as care in the community did before
We believe that before this goes any further there are
10 key questions about cash for care schemes that all councils
need to answer.
These are laid out in a publication available from UNISON
HQ. Branches are urged to order this now.... and start asking