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History of In Control

In Control was founded in 2003 by a small group of people who wanted to make life better for local families with disabled members in Wigan, Lancashire. We pioneered the concept of self-directed support and developed individual budgets (which are now called personal budgets) as a way for people to take charge of their support.

Inspired by the Independent Living Movement (which helps people with disabilities to live, learn and work in their own mainstream communities), we piloted the self-directed support model across six areas of England - bringing real, sustainable benefits with no increase in costs.

Between 2005 and 2007, this work strongly influenced government policy and resulted in 'Putting People First', a national policy which introduced personal budgets and is helping to transform adult social care for the better.  Since then, we've gone on to become an independent social enterprise with charitable status.

See our fact sheet on the history of the social care system.

See our activity reports for detailed evaluation on the work of In Control.

Last Updated : 21 January 2011. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.

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