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Personal budgets

A personal budget is an amount of money that may be allocated to you as an outcome of an assessment. This money can either be paid directly to you so that you can arrange your own care and support or we can arrange this for you.

A personal budget gives you the independence to:

  • choose and control the support that is best for you.
  • be fully involved in decisions about the help you need to live independently.
  • support yourself in ways that suit you

A personal budget is only available to you if you have had an assessment and have been identified as needing care and support services to meet your unmet eligible needs. The assessment process will help determine your needs and give you an indication of how much money you can get for your personal budget.

The Resource Allocation System (RAS) may indicate an appropriate amount to meet your unmet eligible needs or we can calculate a budget based on the cost of services. Once the amount is agreed you can start planning how to spend it. We will help you to do this by using our experience to agree a plan which helps meet your support needs.

Once it has been established that you need a personal budget and your support plan is agreed we can organise how you will receive the money. It can be paid:

  • directly to you
  • to someone else
  • to a service provider
  • as a combination of the above

The most choice and control is usually achieved by having a direct payment which enables you to buy care and support directly from individuals or organisations. Alternatively you can ask for Adult Care to make arrangements to meet your care and support needs. You spend the money in ways that best meets your needs and you are in control as long as you spend the money in accordance with your agreed plan. We will check with you from time to time to make sure everything is going OK and that you are living your life in a way that suits you.

If you receive a personal budget you will have a financial assessment to determine whether and how much you will need to contribute towards the cost of your care and support. The financial assessment should not take place before we assess your needs. This is to ensure that your financial circumstances do not impact on the needs assessment process and the support we give you to understand your needs and how they can be met.

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Last updated: 15 September 2017

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