Therefore there is less control of the way in which individual decide to spend their money.
The scheme has been developed after the Care Services Improvement Partnership (CSIP) conducted 13 individual pilot schemes which were commissioned by the Department of Heath, Department of Communities and Local Government, Department for Work and Pensions, and the Office for Disability Issues. These pilot studies were commissioned in order to come up with a scheme that would help to improve the welfare and the health status of the section of the population that may feel more marginalized like the old, the disabled and others. Currently the program is covering only the old people and the disabled. (The Individual Budgets Evaluations Network, 2007)
The scheme has been described as a step from direct payment. Currently the scheme is taking care of more that 50,000 old people which include careers. They are enabled to buy services using cash that is allocated to them by the local authorities. However the scheme is redistributed to conventional services. It has been declared a priority for the government. It has been one way in which the government is determined to drive up the quality of social care of the people. The scheme is all about unleashing a high level of creativity of the people in order to meet their needs in the best way that suits their life. The system has been seen as a possible way to replace the direct payment system. It has also readily been found very popular with the users. However the system does not fully replace the direct payment scheme but rather it helps to province more choice and extends the level of autonomy for the users. (Department of Health, 2006)
Under the scheme an individual may positioned the allocation that one has been given on any reasonable means o that will enhance their wellbeing. They are allowed to pay for the health services of their family member or employee worker who are not allowed under the direct payment schemes due to their age or background status.
The implementation of the scheme has also been found to be very successful in other counties where it has been implemented. It has a high level of effectiveness since it involves user-led organization which helps in promotion of the scheme. Therefore it gives the users of the scheme more options of choose from and the level of their autonomy is extended compared to the direct method which had been very rigid.
Therefore we can say that the idea behind the development of the individual budgets had been to enable people who need social service and social care with other associated service to come up with a design that supports them and which gives them the power to decide the nature of series that they are going to receive. It is a more autonomous process which is controlled by the users of the services. There are some key features which are associated with the individual budgets like:
A transparent way of allocation of resources which gives individual a clear cash or another package that helps them to meet the needs that they are having.
There is a streamlined assessment process across all agencies which mean there is less time that is spent on giving information for one to access their allocations.
The scheme brings together a number of supports and funding from more agencies which ensure that there are more funds for the