Herefordshire Council encourage people to be more “creative” when choosing how to spend personal budgets

HEREFORDSHIRE Council says it wants to encourage people to be more “creative” when choosing how to spend their adult social care personal budgets.

Adult social care provision has changed significantly in the county and the local authority is claiming that people now have more choice than before on how they spend their allowances.

When someone contacts the council for help, their needs are assessed and – if they meet the criteria – they will be allocated a personal budget which they can use in a number of ways.

The council is now encouraging people to think about making creative choices to avoid social isolation by maintaining hobbies and interests which will allow them to continue to enjoy independent living.

Ruth Leak, self-directed support manager, said: “In the past, people have chosen to spend their personal budget on traditional services like home care, meals on wheels or day centres.

"But they could choose other options like maintaining hobbies and interests or participating in clubs or societies.

“They could also consider employing a personal assistant to manage this for them.

Ms Leak added: "Making choices like this helps people to have an active and happy social life and remain independent for longer.”

A national survey-based project called Making it Real aims to find out what local people’s experiences are of personal budgets.

And in Herefordshire, the results show that more can be done to improve the way personalisation benefits people.

Only 43 per cent of those asked said they were happy with having a personal budget and only 44 per cent felt they have advice available when they need it

A group of service users, carers’ representatives, and care organisations are now set to get together to look at how experiences of personal budgets can be improved.

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3:37pm Fri 6 Dec 13

William Rudd says...

Well as long as they don't follow your creative ideology they will be all right
Well as long as they don't follow your creative ideology they will be all right William Rudd

4:03pm Fri 6 Dec 13

AylestoneVoice says...

So how much does a "self directed support manager" earn and apart from these pillars of wisdom actually do?
So how much does a "self directed support manager" earn and apart from these pillars of wisdom actually do? AylestoneVoice

5:55pm Fri 6 Dec 13

redyoll says...

May have missed the point but I think high on anybody's list of priorities is being warm/clean and well fed . Then if they have the money to spare they might think of the luxuries in life,
May have missed the point but I think high on anybody's list of priorities is being warm/clean and well fed . Then if they have the money to spare they might think of the luxuries in life, redyoll

7:15pm Fri 6 Dec 13

socialcare says...

Is sufficient money allocated in a personal budget these days to enable anyone to be creative? Applaud the idea though.
Is sufficient money allocated in a personal budget these days to enable anyone to be creative? Applaud the idea though. socialcare

8:27pm Fri 6 Dec 13

fmrbill says...

what a bloody insult and insult how dare they tell me how to spend my money, when on their performance, on how they spend my money i am forced to pay them, there aint no creativity amongst any of them.
what a bloody insult and insult how dare they tell me how to spend my money, when on their performance, on how they spend my money i am forced to pay them, there aint no creativity amongst any of them. fmrbill

6:23am Sat 7 Dec 13

B the B says...

Ruth Leak ! that made me smile
Ruth Leak ! that made me smile B the B

9:59am Sat 7 Dec 13

silentbull2 says...

"Employ a personal assistant" ??

Just shows how OUT OF TOUCH these people are

Most people (yes MOST PEOPLE) of this county are struggling just to pay the 'council tax' which is going towards this 'crack pot' idea and yet you expect them to hire a "personal assistant"?

I can think of two words which only one can be printed #### OFF! !!!!
"Employ a personal assistant" ?? Just shows how OUT OF TOUCH these people are Most people (yes MOST PEOPLE) of this county are struggling just to pay the 'council tax' which is going towards this 'crack pot' idea and yet you expect them to hire a "personal assistant"? I can think of two words which only one can be printed #### OFF! !!!! silentbull2

3:44pm Sat 7 Dec 13

jarvis 2 says...

fmrbill wrote:
what a bloody insult and insult how dare they tell me how to spend my money, when on their performance, on how they spend my money i am forced to pay them, there aint no creativity amongst any of them.
fully agree with everything you say except there aint no creativity amongst any of them
Council creativity has got this city into the mess it is in now

infact I even agree with Mr Rudd so theres a first
[quote][p][bold]fmrbill[/bold] wrote: what a bloody insult and insult how dare they tell me how to spend my money, when on their performance, on how they spend my money i am forced to pay them, there aint no creativity amongst any of them.[/p][/quote]fully agree with everything you say except there aint no creativity amongst any of them Council creativity has got this city into the mess it is in now infact I even agree with Mr Rudd so theres a first jarvis 2

3:46pm Sat 7 Dec 13

jarvis 2 says...

oh and I know its not related to this story why have the hereford times stopped is commenting on the story about Rockfeild Road car park the one they say is the cheapest in hereford! At £6m
oh and I know its not related to this story why have the hereford times stopped is commenting on the story about Rockfeild Road car park the one they say is the cheapest in hereford! At £6m jarvis 2

5:10pm Sat 7 Dec 13

Everywhere says...

This exciting news was released by HCC on the 29th November .
This exciting news was released by HCC on the 29th November . Everywhere

5:48pm Sat 7 Dec 13

redyoll says...

Jarvis2 not related to the news item but if you go to HT Facebook page you can comment to your heart's delight but sadly not to the letters. We have so been banned from those!!
Jarvis2 not related to the news item but if you go to HT Facebook page you can comment to your heart's delight but sadly not to the letters. We have so been banned from those!! redyoll

7:12pm Sat 7 Dec 13

T.M.A. says...

Excellent!! Can those requiring this help use the payout to 'create' a new council? One that works?
Excellent!! Can those requiring this help use the payout to 'create' a new council? One that works? T.M.A.

7:06pm Sun 8 Dec 13

Gillian1961 says...

The cheek of the devil trying tell us how to spend the money we have not got anyway due to cut backs bedroom tax council tax gas electric water rates, enjoy your Christmas with your 40year old scot and your fat cigars, Christmas in my house none excistance sorry about the spelling
The cheek of the devil trying tell us how to spend the money we have not got anyway due to cut backs bedroom tax council tax gas electric water rates, enjoy your Christmas with your 40year old scot and your fat cigars, Christmas in my house none excistance sorry about the spelling Gillian1961

5:30pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Namewithheld says...

I think its a good idea, sadly there always a few people who abuse the system, I have heard of case where it has just been used to fuel addictions , i.e. drugs, Alcohol and gambling, and is not being used to help them in there Recovery in any way shape or form, If the general public knew and the council new how public money was being spent they would be horrified, when most hard working families cannot even afford a holiday.
I think its a good idea, sadly there always a few people who abuse the system, I have heard of case where it has just been used to fuel addictions , i.e. drugs, Alcohol and gambling, and is not being used to help them in there Recovery in any way shape or form, If the general public knew and the council new how public money was being spent they would be horrified, when most hard working families cannot even afford a holiday. Namewithheld

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