Learning Disability Today
Supporting professionals working in learning disability and autism services

Just imagine

People are becoming more ingenious about the way they use their individual budgets. Sally Gillen hears how it can be done… When football fan Gavin Croft decided to spend some of his individual budget on a Rochdale FC season ticket for a friend to accompany him to matches, he could never have imagined it was a choice that would generate so much interest. But that was back in 2006 when individual budgets were being piloted by Croft’s local authority, Oldham Council, one of 13 across England trialling the system, which integrates several funding streams. Some raised their eyebrows at the


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