Parents and young people to get the right to a personal budget

The new Children and Families Bill announced yesterday included a key measure giving parents or young people with education, health and care plans, the right to a personal budget for their support.

The legislation will draw on evidence from 20 local pathfinders set up in September 2011. The interim evaluation reports are due in the summer and late autumn 2012, with a final report in 2013.

Ministers have committed to making all the necessary legal changes to put in place reforms proposed in the Support and Aspiration Green Paper.

The Green Paper was published for consultation in March 2011 and next week ministers will set out their detailed response and reform timetable.

Commenting on the announcement, Nic Crosby, In Control's lead on children and young people, said: "In Control wholeheartedly welcomes this Bill, particularly the element of the right to a personal budget for. Our work over the past five years has shown the incredibly positive impact of personal budgets for children, young people and families. We look forward to continuing to work with services, families and organisations to take personal budgets forward with the support of the new Children and Families Bill."

The Children and Families Bill is expected to be introduced early in 2013.

For further information please see the Department for Education website.

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Last Updated : 17 May 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.