Personal budgets

What is a personal budget?

Personal Budgets are designed to give people who need social care and support more choice and control. They can help you achieve the things that are most important to you in life.

If you need a lot of help 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 

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’ve got, and your financial situation. You will need to complete a financial assessment form 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 cover your own support
  • pay it directly to the service helping you
  • have us arrange and pay for services for you
  • 'mix and match' cash payments and our services