Three councils have begun to issue smart cards for social care recipients to pay for services under the personalised budget agenda.
Merton, Nottinghamshire and Bury councils have done deals with Advanced Payment Solutions (APS) to supply the cards.
Merton introduced the cards at the beginning of July under a three year contract with APS and had issued more than 30 in the first three weeks of the month. It is planning to make about 500 available to people who receive direct payments from the council, followed by a roll out to all of its 2,200 social care customers.
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