These meetings could be the 1st of many round the country.

Any members here living in this area that would be interested to go could possibly come back and let us know how it goes.


PLANS to make adult social care more independent will be discussed in Harlow next Thursday (February 28). ... mid=WEED21 Feb 2008 14]introduce self-directed support[/color] and give all new users personal budgets.

County Cllr David Finch, cabinet member for adults, health and community wellbeing, said: "It is vital we get this right so we want to hear from as many residents as possible.

"At the meetings there will be a chance to hear about the experiences of Essex people who took part in our pilot project as well as quiz a panel featuring voluntary organisation representatives and senior county council officers."

For the last two years, Essex has been one of 13 English councils piloting a project for self-directed support - a way of providing social care which gives people more choice and control over their own lives.

Instead of a package of support, people are given a budget to meet their care needs and improve their quality of life.

Rather than focusing mainly on traditional services to support disabled or older frail people to live at home, people will be able to be more creative in working out how they could best use their personal budget to help them live the life they choose.

The meeting in Harlow takes place at the Latton Bush Centre at 6pm. To book a place call 0208 529 6862.

Copies of Putting Essex People First, are available by calling 0845 603 7635, e-mailing