The National Development Team for Inclusion (NDTi) has launched a survey to find out about the use of Personal Budgets in organisations that provide employment support.
This is the first stage of a research project jointly funded by Think Local Act Personal, Remploy, In Control, Wolverhampton City Council, Northamptonshire County Council and NDTi into the use of social care Personal Budgets to support disabled people into paid work, or to retain employment they already have.
Although one of the outcomes that people can use Personal Budgets to achieve is getting or retaining paid work, evidence suggests that Personal Budgets are NOT currently being significantly used in this way. This suggests that individuals could be missing out on support that they would like, and that employment support organisations could be missing out on a potential source of funding.
This research project aims to find out about the extent to which Personal Budgets are being used for employment support, how they are being used, and where they are not being used what the reasons are.
For the first stage of this research we conducted a survey of employment support providers to find out about the use of Personal Budgets in employment support organisations. For the second stage of the research we are undertaking a short qualitative study in areas of the country where we have identified that Personal Budgets are being used for employment support, in order to understand more about the processes, approaches and mechanisms involved. This stage of the research involves interviews with Personal Budget users, support providers, care managers and commissioners.
Findings from this research will be published on the website in 2014.
NDTi is grateful to the funders of the research and to the British Association for Supported Employment (BASE) for help distributing the survey.