Information on Personal Budgets

Personal budgets are aimed at giving people receiving care and support choice and control over the services they receive. More information can be found on the Department of Health website.


What are personal budgets?

Personal budgets mean the amount of funding or the contribution councils give to people eligible for care and support services. This is figured out after an assessment of the person’s needs, what services can help and how much they might cost. To get an estimate, My Cost of Care can give you an idea about what your personal budget allocation might be
 
After the official assessment process, which will set out what your assessed needs are, what services will help you and the personal budget to pay for them, you will be given a choice about how you receive them:

●     You can choose to receive a direct payment, arrange and pay for your care and support directly.
●     You can ask council to make arrangements for you, or
●     A combination of these two options.
 
This decision is an important one, and your social care worker will help you through the process and discuss your choices thoroughly before you decide. You can also have a trusted family member or friend help you with most assessments.
 
Personal budgets have been rolled out in England since 2008, with a target of providing every service user with one by 2013. In Scotland, where they are known as individual budgets, there are also plans to roll them out, under the country's self-directed support strategy.
 
Advice about personal budgets will vary depending on where you live, and therefore we suggest you visit the website of the specific Local Authority that you live in.

For further information see:

·         An introduction to personal budgets
·         Think local act personal website