Guide to personal budgets

Step 3 - You plan your support

When you have been told your estimated personal budget, you will then draw up a support plan. This will show how you will spend your personal budget in a way that makes sense to you. You can do your own support plan or get help with it.

Your personal budget should be spent on the outcomes identified in your assessment but you can do this in a creative and a flexible way. Your assessing officer will explain this to you.

You have to tell us how you wish your personal budget to be managed. There are different ways of doing this. You can receive your personal budget in a number of ways:

  • as direct payments so you can organise the support yourself or by someone else on your behalf
  • managed budget where the council can organise the support for you
  • as a combination have a combination of both - take part of the personal budget as a direct payment and ask the council to manage the rest for you

Taking your personal budget as a direct payment means that you have far more control over how the money is spent. It means that you can have flexibility, choice and more control over the support you need to help you do things that are important to you.

For example you may recruit your own personal assistants. Alternatively, you may want to buy support from a care agency provider. You will need to tell us how you are spending your money and keep simple records.

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