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
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
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
The Children and Families Bill is expected to be introduced
early in 2013.
For further information please see the Department for Education