David Cameron is preparing to unveil plans for radical reform of public services, with proposals expected to include changes in care for the elderly and those with long-term health conditions.
According to reports in The Sunday Times, planned changes include allowing the elderly to choose how money is spent on their care.
This will come under part of plans to give individuals ‘personal budgets’ to buy for themselves services that are currently provided by local authorities.
In addition, it is understood people with long-term conditions will be given the right to choose their therapies.
The plans will be contained in the prime minister’s public service reform white paper, which will be published in full next month.
The Sunday Times‘ report came after a tough week for Mr Cameron’s government. It had to water down controversial NHS reforms after meeting with angry opposition from healthcare professionals and patient groups.
Also reportedly set to be contained in the white paper will be plans to allow parents of children with special needs to make their own choices about schooling, and proposals to give parish councils the right to take control of parks and other outdoor spaces, parking and traffic restrictions.
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