Assessment and education, health and care (EHC) planning

Personal budgets

A personal budget is an amount of money we identify to deliver all or some of the provision set out in an education, health and care (EHC) plan. It is not available to purchase a school place.

You can request a personal budget once we have said an EHC plan is necessary, or when we are carrying out a statutory review of an existing plan. We have to consider your request and offer information to help you to decide the best course of action.

The personal budget will reflect the whole of the EHC plan and will be based on clear, agreed outcomes. The decision making process to establish and agree a budget should be transparent and challengeable.

There are three ways you can use the budget:

  • direct payments - you receive the money in your account to purchase services yourself
  • notional arrangements - we retain the budget but you decide how it's spent
  • third party arrangements - you choose an individual or organisation to mange the funds on your behalf.

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