Progress and pitfalls in Individual Service Funds (ISFs): ten tips

Think Local Act Personal
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Individual Service Funds (ISF) offer people in receipt of a personal budget the flexibility to remain in control of what the money is spent on, without the responsibility of managing the budget themselves. This briefing paper provides advice to help commissioners and providers overcome some of the challenges of implementing IFS’s and help encourage their take up. The tips include: the need for Director level commitment; start with small numbers of providers and build up; and consult with care providers and people who use services. It draws on the lessons learned from the West Midlands Action Learning Set (ALS) for Individual Service Funds (IFSs), which has been facilitated by the Centre for Welfare Reform and sponsored by Think Local Act Personal (TLAP). (Edited publisher abstract)

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personalisation, personal budgets, commissioning, good practice, social care provision, service uptake;
Content type:
practice guidance
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