If there’s anybody with ME/CFS who would like to talk to the BBC about ‘Personal Budgets’, please get in touch with me at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone me at home on 01406 370293.
On this occasion, the BBC reporter only wants to speak to people living in the South West of England – where a DWP pilot project has already started.
The BBC reporter is preparing two items on the subject for broadcast shortly.
He wants to talk about whether you think you would benefit from being able to commission your own personal care – rather than relying on a local authority provider for the actual service.
And, if there’s anybody here who is taking part in the pilot project – which has already started in the Wiltshire and Dorset area – he would like to hear from you as well.
There’s no great rush! The reporter will be putting the stories together in a week or so but the sooner I can get information across to him the better.
Tony Britton, Publicity Manager, The ME Association
PS: Here’s how the DWP describe Personal Budgets.
Personal Budgets – cash payments given to service users in place of community care services they have been assessed as needing and are intended to give users greater choice in their care.