In a document that set out a new agenda for adult social care, the DoH also pledged to encourage care to be delivered in partnership between individuals, communities, the voluntary sector, the NHS and councils.
‘The Vision for adult social care: capable communities and active citizens’ also outlined plans to increase preventative action in local communities as well as plans to break down barriers between health and social care funding.
The DoH said personal budgets will give people greater choice and control over the social care services they receive.
It said currently just 13% of people who might need a personal budget have one. The government now expects councils to provider personal budgets to one million eligible people by 2013.
The DoH also outlined that carers will be able to use their own personal budget to take a break from their caring responsibility, including taking time to pursue a hobby or take a holiday. It pledges to make £400m available through the NHS over the next four years to support carers breaks.
Mr Burstow said: ‘Personal budgets can make an incredible difference to people's lives. They give people choice, control and independence. They look to people not the state to shape services, and improve outcomes, making a reality of the Big Society.’