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We have just published the Third National Personal Budget Survey with Lancaster University and Think Local Act Personal sharing the experiences of more than 4,000 people with personal budgets and their carers.

The report, focuses on the use of personal budgets in adult social services and health across England and is the largest survey to date looking at the impact that personal budgets are having on people's lives.

More than 80 per cent of people surveyed said that a personal budget had made things better or a lot better when it came to dignity in support and quality of life.At least two thirds also said their personal budget had made things better or a lot better when it came to independence, arranging support, mental health, control over their life, feeling safe, relationships with family and people paid to support them, friendships and self-esteem.

More than two thirds of carers also said that as a result of the person they care for having a personal budget things had got better or a lot better when it came to remaining well and being able to continue caring as well as quality of life for them and the person being cared for.

The report is based on the Personal Outcomes Evaluation Tool (POET) which has been developed by In Control and Lancaster University over the past 10 years as a way to measure what's working and what's not when it comes to personal budgets and personalised care and support. It was originally for use in adult social care but has now been developed for use in health, children's services and education. In total, more than 8,000 people across health, adult social care, and children's services have shared their experiences to date using POET. A version for providers is also in development.

Find out more about the National Personal Budget Survey and POET  here.

Use the links of the left to find out more about how POET is used across adult social services, children's services and health.

Last Updated : 24 October 2015. Page Author: Gaynor Cockayne.