Council leaders agree care policy

The new personalisation policy, agreed at Wiltshire Council’s Conservative cabinet meeting yesterday (November 11), sets out how the amount of money required by those who need long-term support is calculated, known as a personal budget.

The Government is bringing in its Care Act in April 2015 and as a result all local authorities need to be in a position to provide personal budgets.

In putting its policy together Wiltshire Council will ensure everyone has access to the right information and advice, it will invest in preventative services, ensure there are a range of services for people to choose from and will work with people to ensure they get the care they want and need.

Unlike some councils, in Wiltshire the policy recognises that support needs to be different for each person, so it allows the council to agree funding for people based on how they want to be supported. It has been developed in consultation with local residents and groups.

Cllr Keith Humphries (Conservative), cabinet member for adult care, said: “This is about lives not services, so we have agreed to ensure more people get the care, support and information they need to help them live healthier and independent lives”.

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