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Co-Production & Personal Budgets: Our Report

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Our recommendations about how to improve support for Personal Budget and Personal Health Budget users in Oxfordshire was published today. You can download it from the web here. The report makes independent recommendations to the County Council and Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group about how support can be included. We presented the report to the commissioners, some of the people who gave their time to be interviewed for the report, and some personal budget and PHB users who came to find out more.

 

We were keen to stress that the process we are recommending is at least as important as our suggestions about how support can be provided. People at the meeting were enthusiastic about the idea of marrying up a steering group to a peer support network, with a support worker and a budget to pay for guest speakers, meeting rooms and so on.

 

The main proposals are split over five chapters in the report. While people flicked through the document, asked questions and made specific suggestions, there was no real time to discuss any of the proposals in depth. However we are already garnering useful feedback. For example, Christine from Connection Support Direct Payment Service told us about this useful fact sheet from the Low Income Tex Reform Group. It gives very detailed avice on whether self-employed PAs will really be counted as self-employed for tax and employment law purposes.

 

The County Council and Clinical Commissioning Group (NHS) will be discussing our proposals over the next month or so. If they agree with our approach, there will still be plenty of scope for local organisations, groups and individuals to get involved in deciding what happens and how it happens. We'll be posting about that here and on our twitter feeds.

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