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.

Inspired by the Independent Living Movement (which helps people with disabilities to live, learn and work in their own mainstream communities), we pioneered the concept of self-directed support and developed personal budgets as a way for people to take charge of their support. We piloted this model across six areas in England - bringing real, sustainable benefits for people 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 helped to transform adult social care for the better. Since then the government has expanded its commitment to introducing personalisation across other sectors including health and children's services.

Last Updated : 11 December 2014. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.