What is a personal budget?
A personal budget is not a personal income and can only be spent on your agreed support plan
It won't affect any benefits you receive.
It puts you in charge of managing your care and support needs. You can choose how to spend the money on the services you want to help meet your assessed needs.
You can choose to have either a cash budget or a managed budget
A cash budget puts you or your representative in charge of managing your care package. You can recruit and pay for carers and decide whether to use an agency or a friend or family member who doesn't live with you and isn't your main carer. This gives you more control and flexibility over the care and support services you choose.
If you would like a leaflet on cash budgets please email firstname.lastname@example.org
A managed budget is where the council works with you to manage your care and support costs.
What can I spend my personal budget on?
- Services you receive to meet your care and support needs
- Paying someone to support you - employing a personal assistant (PA)
- Services or equipment to support you to live at home independently
- Paying someone to support you to attend local leisure activities
- Respite care - to give you and your carers a short break
- A carer to support you to go on holiday
You cannot use your personal budget for:
- Employing a family member or someone who lives in the same household as you to provide you with support
- Everyday living costs. such as household bills, which you'd normally pay for with other sources of income
- Alcohol, cigarettes or tobacco
- Food and drink
- Health needs (including NHS treatment) and transport to access health care
- Anything illegal
More about getting care and support from the council
- Request a care and support assessment
- What are the eligibility criteria?
- What happens at my care and support assessment – and where does it take place?
- What happens after my assessment?
- What's a support plan?
- How much will I have to pay for care and support services?
- What's a financial assessment?
- What if I'm unhappy with the outcome of my assessment?
How do I arrange my own care and support?
This includes information on getting care and support at home to help maintain your independence, getting out and about, living with a disability, improving your health and wellbeing plus an A-Z of local services for adults including older people.