HUNDREDS of ill Barnsley folk will have a greater say in how care budgets are spent from April.

The town's leading the way in a radical power shift as hundreds of high-need service users gain control of their own integrated health and social care budgets.

The first wave of the Integrated Personal Commissioning (IPC) programme will go live on April 1, providing some 10,000 people across the country with complex needs with greater power to decide how the money is spent.

People will be supported to take more control of their own health and wellbeing needs, using support plans tailored to them and funding to reflect what works for the individua.

Dr Nick Balac, local GP and chair of Barnsley Clinical Commissioning Group, said: "This radical initiative builds on work we're already doing and puts much more choice and control in the hands of individuals.

"For the first time they can decide on the blend of support they themselves want."