Disabled residents in Harrow will soon be able to assess their own needs and choose how to spend the money set aside for their care.
Harrow Council wants to give people with mental or physical difficulties more control over the help they receive by changing its working and payment practices.
This comes just months after the High Court ruled that an attempt by the council to restrict access to free care to those with only the most severe needs was illegal.
Under the new 'self directed support' scheme,cared-for residents would be given the option to rate the severity of their disabilities, thereby determining whether they are entitled to free social care, rather than the authority dictating it.
Secondly, individuals will have any resulting financial support paid directly into their bank account, a so-called 'individual budget'.
This is so they can choose what care to buy for themselves - with monitoring by council chiefs to prevent misuse.
This means Harrow Council will no longer impose unpopular care packages on people, giving them the freedom to purchase services from the public,private or voluntary sector as they see fit.
Councillor Barry MacleodCullinane (Conservative), portfolio holder for adults services and housing, said: "This treats our users as individuals and asks them what they really would like.
"They will find rather than having care 'done to them', it's care 'for them, by them'."
A pilot involving 100 people will begin by October this year and councillors hope to extend the scheme to around half the borough's 3,500 service users within three years.
It forms part of the council's Transformation Programme that came about in the wake of the damning High Court decision and should be agreed tonight (Thursday) by the authority's cabinet committee.
Yvonne Lee is head of Harrow Mencap's community team.
She said: "We totally support and welcome the plan, particularly its importance on control and choice.
"But we have been speaking to Harrow Council about individual budgets for the last 18 months to two years and they could have started the pilot earlier."