Elderly people in England are to be given cash to fund their own social care, the health secretary has said.
From April, millions of pensioners will be handed control over how the money is spent, rather than relying on social workers to make the decisions.
Alan Johnson, who officially announced the scheme on Monday, said it was a "radical transfer of power from the state to the public".
Younger disabled people could also be allocated a "personal budget" for care.
Councils will be given £520m over three years to improve services.
"Everyone, irrespective of their illness or disability has the right to self-determination and maximum control over their own lives" Alan Johnson Health Secretary
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