Your Local Budget Norfolk

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Presentation on a participatory budgeting pilot based within a day centre for older people. The pilot prepared the older people for moving onto a personal budget and gathered valuable insight into how pooling personal budgets could work.

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  • Jo is in her early 80s and lives near the seaside in Norfolk. Due to her support needs, Jo rarely gets the chance to enjoy the seaside. Like many service users, the highlight of Jo’s week is attending a Day Centre in Kings Lynn. Here she gets to catch-up with friends and take part in lots of different activities such as baking, Bingo and arts and crafts. Jo will soon move onto a personal budget, which will allow her to appoint a personal assistant to help her to visit the seaside and to do lots of other things that she enjoys. However, what Jo really wants to do, is to enjoy these visits and activities with her friends, many of whom attend the Day Centre.
  • We are currently exploring how the needs of people like Jo can be met. HACT – Housing Action Charitable Trust exploring different models of collective purchasing or pooling.
  • Methwold already pooling – setup their own provision
  • Crossroads considering establishing a committee and option for service users to pay additional subsidies from Personal Budget for Participatory Budgeting. Personalisation Toolkit / Unit costing tool – Shaun Wilson Gotobed
  • Crossroads considering establishing a committee and option for service users to pay additional subsidies from Personal Budget for Participatory Budgeting. Personalisation Toolkit / Unit costing tool – Shaun Wilson Gotobed
  • Your Local Budget Norfolk

    1. 1. Your Local Budget: Norfolk Tom Gaskin 13.05.11
    2. 2. Meet Jo* *Not her real name
    3. 3. Participatory budgeting <ul><li>Norfolk County Council is part of the national Your Local Budget pilot (& HACT). </li></ul><ul><li>Exploring different models of using mainstream funding for participatory budgeting. </li></ul><ul><li>Participatory budgeting involves local people making decisions on the spending and priorities of a public budget. </li></ul>
    4. 4. Personal Budgets for Participatory Budgeting <ul><li>Delivering a participatory budgeting exercise at Crossroads Day Centre, Kings Lynn. </li></ul><ul><li>Working with 20 services that attend every Tuesday. </li></ul><ul><li>Ages range from early 70s – early 90s, many service users are deaf or visually impaired and some suffer from symptoms of dementia. </li></ul>
    5. 5. Model <ul><li>Modelled the personal budgets process (loosely). </li></ul><ul><li>Gave each service user £50 to spend on activities over a 10 week period. </li></ul>
    6. 6. <ul><li>Supported to identify desired activities. </li></ul><ul><li>Presented options and costs in Activity Brochure* </li></ul><ul><li>Supported to plan budget and programme. </li></ul>*Available here: http://tinyurl.com/pbbrochure
    7. 7. Initial outcomes <ul><li>Service users excited about process and choice of activities / trips. </li></ul><ul><li>Generating discussion about personalisation and Personal Budgets. </li></ul><ul><li>Insight into varied needs (activities Vs trips). </li></ul><ul><li>Different amounts spent (potential to generate savings). </li></ul><ul><li>Service users offering to pay extra. </li></ul>
    8. 8. Key learning <ul><li>Providers need to break down cost of services. </li></ul><ul><li>Providers need to be creative and adaptable – find new ways to meet service users’ needs. </li></ul><ul><li>Services users struggle to understand true cost of service – involve in decision making. </li></ul><ul><li>Need easy access to up to date information on activities and trips out with costs. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Key learning (2) <ul><li>Providers need to promote services direct to service users – help inform development of support plan. </li></ul><ul><li>Need a range of payment models – allow service users to personalise their experience. </li></ul><ul><li>Build in an amount for pooling into support plan. </li></ul>
    10. 10. Next steps <ul><li>Implement programme and evaluate. </li></ul><ul><li>Develop toolkit – promote different models for increasing service user involvement e.g. pooling, participatory budgeting, committees. </li></ul><ul><li>Report back to Government. </li></ul>
    11. 11. See you at the seaside!
    12. 12. Thanks for listening <ul><li>Tom Gaskin </li></ul><ul><li>Consultation and Involvement Officer </li></ul><ul><li>Tel. 01603 495107 </li></ul><ul><li>E-mail. [email_address] </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter. @tomgaskin </li></ul>

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