What is a personal budget?
A Personal Budget is a sum of money from Kingston Council to pay towards the cost of support that you need. If you are eligible for support from Kingston Council a personal budget can support in a way that best suits you to stay as independent as possible.
It is designed to give people who need social care and support more choice and control over the way their supprot is provided. It can help you achieve the things that are most important to you in life.
If you need support staying independent, safe and well, you might benefit from a personal budget. The money we offer is for you to choose:
- the type of support you need
- who will provide it
- how they will provide the support
Will I have to contribute?
How much you’ll pay towards your personal budget depends on how much money you have coming in, any savings you have, and your financial situation. You will need to complete a financial assessment to work out exactly how much you pay towards your personal budget.
Your social worker or care coordinator will help you through this process. If you wish, they can also arrange for you to have a welfare benefits check to make sure you are receiving all the benefits you may be entitled to. This advice is free.
Your contribution is calculated in accordance with our charging policy for community care services.
How do they work?
Personal budgets can be used in various ways. You can:
- have it as a Direct Payment to arrange your own support
- have us arrange and pay for services for you
- 'mix and match' a Direct Payment and services arranged by Kingston Council