older and disabled people in Leeds are to be given more say over their own care thanks to a new £1m scheme.
Government minister Norman Lamb visited the city to launch the innovative initiative, run by social investment bank Big Society Capital and community interest company Developing Empowering Resources in Communities (DERiC).
DERiC will invest a £1m loan from Big Society Capital in community organisations which support people who receive personal budgets to pay for their own care.
The scheme has been rolled out following a successful pilot in the city, and now four new programmes will be set up in Leeds, along with three elsewhere in the UK.
Nick O’Donohoe, CEO of Big Society Capital, said: “The elderly and vulnerable may not always receive the care they need due to a system under strain.
“We are determined to see more programmes like this across the country and will be working closely with Leeds City Council to ensure that all local authorities understand what can be achieved through accessing differing sources of funding.”
Coun Adam Ogilvie, Leeds City Council’s executive member for adult social care, said the programme was a great example of an innovative way to allow people to live independently in their own homes.
While in Leeds, care and services minister Mr Lamb also visited the South Leeds Independence Centre in Beeston, which provides rehabilitation beds.