Personalisation and personal budgets

This section includes information on:

1. Personalisation

2. Personal budgets

3. Who can get a personal budget?

4. How do you get a personal budget?

5. Can the local authority refuse to offer a personal budget?

6. How is a personal budget managed?

7. Direct payments

8. Who can receive a direct payment?

9. Reviewing direct payments

 

Personalisation

Personalisation is:

  • Giving the child or young person support in a way that makes sense to them.
  • Putting the child or young person in the centre and everyone involved working together to assist them in reaching their potential.
  • The child or young person being equally and actively involved in managing their own lives

Personal Budgets

You can get a personal budget if you have an education, health and care plan. There are services in an education, health and care plan designed to meet the child or young person’s needs.

The local authority works out the cost of providing these services.

The sum is the personal budget

Who can get a personal budget?

To get a personal budget the child or young person must:

  • Have special educational needs and an education, health and care plan

How do you get a personal budget?

The young person or parents can ask for a personal budget when they are getting, or reviewing an education, health and care plan. You do not have to have a personal budget.

Can the local authority refuse to offer a personal budget?

Yes. However they must give a reason why they cannot offer a personal budget.

How is a personal budget managed?

A personal budget can be managed in a number of different ways.

  1. Direct payment – this involves cash payment of your personal budget made to you or your parents
  2. Local Authority – your local authority will manage your personal budget
  3. Third Party – you can use a third party provider
  4. A combination of the above

Direct Payments

If you decide you would like to receive a direct payment, your local authority will help you to understand how it all works. This will include things like how much payments will be, how often you will receive them, how to record what you spend and how they will check you are spending the money on the agreed support.

Direct payments offer flexibility, however some families do not like the responsibility of recording how much is spent and what the budget is spent on.

Families can vary the amount they spend each week and save spare money for a short break etc, however all direct payments must be spent on achieving the outcomes specified in the education, health and care plan.

The personalised approach means that what the personal budget is spent on will be different for each individual. However common examples include:

  • Employing a personal assistant
  • Equipment to help with communication and learning
  • Sports or cultural activities...
  • Support in joining in with local clubs and activities
  • Short breaks
  • Support in your home

Who can receive a direct payment?

  • The young person – if they have the capacity and are over compulsory school leaving age
  • The child or young person’s parents or carers
  • A person nominated by the young person (if they are over compulsory school leaving age) or their parents

The Review

Within the first 3 months of getting direct payments, your local authority must review how you are getting on. They might check:

  • That you want to carry on managing direct payments
  • If you need assistance
  • How the money has been spent

 

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