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The family journey: 1 year on - research brief

This brief summarises an update on the position and views of the original families that participated in the individual budget (IB) pilot.

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The individual budget (IB) pilots were originally commissioned to run from April 2009 to March 2011 by the former Department for Children, Schools and Families (DCSF), to establish if an IB enabled disabled children and their families to have more choice and control over the delivery of their support package and if they improved outcomes for some, or all, disabled children and their families.

This report is one of two volumes containing the findings from the extended year of the IB pilot programme for families with disabled children.

The report, summarised in this brief, provides an update on the position and views of the original cohort of families that participated in the IB pilot 12 to 18 months after they began to receive their IB payments.