Diary of a Sutton Councillor

Tuesday 30th June 10am

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Carers and Personalisation Conference

This conference took place in the conference suite at the Oval Cricket Ground.

The focus of the conference was to look at the impact of the move towards personal budgets for users of social services on the unpaid carers of those users.

Whilst the move to a more person-centred approach for social care has been widely welcomed there is a perception amongst carers that it may increase their own burden of care.

There were presentations and discussion around balancing the needs of both the carers and cared for and ensuring that both parties benefited from the change in focus.

Workshops were held to encourage local partners to work together to implement the changes smoothly and also to inform on areas of specific interest.

I thought that it was a good reflection of our strong partnership working in Sutton that our conference representatives included the council: (the Carers Development Unit and Transforming Social Care programme); the Voluntary Sector (The Sutton Carers Centre), the PCT and myself as an elected member.

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August 31, 2009 - Posted by | Meeting

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