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Individual Budgets

Individual Budgets (IBs) are designed to help people to take control of their own social care budgets, manage their support and choose the services that suit them best. They put the user at the centre of the planning process, and recognise that they are the person best placed to understand their own needs.

The budgets will bring together support to help people stay in their own homes, adapt their homes to make life easier, and other services such as the home care that councils provide.

Care managers will help those who receive individual budgets plan how to use them.  The Independent Living Fund is one of the funding steams that the pilots are drawing together.  In total there are six funding streams which can be accessed and included in an individual budget - Local Authority, Independent Living Fund, Disabled Facilities Grant, Access to Work, Integrated Community Equipment Service and Supporting People.

The thirteen pilots will take place in:
· West Sussex County Council
· Lincolnshire County Council
· Leicester City Council
· Essex County Council
· Norfolk County Council
· Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council
· Coventry City Council
· Bath and North East Somerset Council
· Kensington and Chelsea Borough Council
· London Borough of Barking and Dagenham Council
· Gateshead Council
· Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council
· Manchester City Council.

The ILF see the pilots as an opportunity to test out ways in which we might adjust our working processes, and eventually our policies and practice and we are committed to being involved right from the start.

The criteria for applying to the ILF remain the same for IB users as for others.  Local Authorities must still meet the threshold sum of £200 per week with personal and /or domestic care.  The ILF’s funding must still be used for personal care and domestic assistance only.  The greatest influence we at the ILF can have is to adapt our processes and procedures to ensure that the Pilots are tested well and we are making the best effort we can as an organisation to stay ahead.

For further information about Individual Budgets go to or if you live in one of the 13 Local Authorities listed you may be interested in Individual Budgets and should contact your Local Authority directly. 

[22 November 2016]  

The Independent Living Funds is now closed 2017
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