Personal Budgets and Personal Health Budgets give you more control over how your care and support is directed, this is called Personalisation. Every person assessed by Social Services as having eligible care and support needs now has a legal right to a Personal Budget.
Personalisation aims to ensure that the care and support each person gets is matched to their needs and wishes. It also ensures that everyone who needs information and advice about social care can access this, regardless of their wealth or eligibility for services.
Personal budgets: The Basics
When you are assessed by your council as being eligible for social care, and after you have been financially assessed, they will create a budget that must cover the cost of meeting your eligible needs. That amount of money can be altered if your needs change.
Provided that you have eligible care and support needs and are not funding care yourself, you can then decide how you want to use the money the council provides in your Personal Budget.
- Have it as a Direct Payment – paid into an account for you
- Have it put into a managed account by the council but spent in line with your wishes
- Have it put into a managed account of a recognised council provider, like Access Your Care but spent in line with your wishes
- Put it into an account held with a recognised care service provider, like Access Your Care and managed by you
- Put into a trust held on your behalf by a carer, friend or family member
- A mix of the above options.
It is up to you how you want to receive your Personal Budget. You should always receive free advice and support from the council or recognised provider to help you make an informed decision.