Sector 'weak' on personal budgets

System that allows people in need of long-term health or social care to choose treatment leaves charities disadvantaged, says Acevo

The third sector could be ill-equipped to take advantage of a system that will allow people needing long-term health or social care to choose who provides their treatment, chief executives body Acevo has warned.

A survey of its members indicated most lacked the resources to compete for business resulting from the introduction of individual budgets. Ralph Michell, head of policy at Acevo, said service providers would have to manage hundreds of cases rather than one contract.

"This could be a chance for third sector organisations to promote their services," he said. "But it remains to be seen whether they have the administrative, technological or marketing capacity to benefit from a rather complex system."

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