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Your personal budget
Your personal budget is the amount of money that is available to be spent on your care following your social care needs assessment. You can choose to receive your budget as a cash payment so that you can buy the care and support to meet the needs identified in your assessment yourself. This is called a direct payment. Alternatively, the council can arrange your care and support for you.
How you can spend your direct payment
Your direct payment can be used to pay for care and support to meet your needs. For example:
- to pay someone to support you, such as a support worker or personal assistant
- to purchase support through a service provider of your choice
- to pay for other ways to meet your needs such as joining a group in your local community or pooling money together in a group to fund activities
Further information on direct payments is contained in our fact sheets:
What you will be responsible for
Direct payments give you control of the support you receive. You will also have the responsibilities that come with managing a budget and potentially becoming an employer (such as employing a personal assistant.)
If you think that you are unable to manage the day-to-day financial responsibilities of a direct payment, you can nominate someone else (a nominee - linked) or you can opt for a ‘managed account’, whereby a third party manages all aspects of your direct payment and financial monitoring (at a cost to you) on your behalf.
Choices for Care
If you would like information and advice without having to go through a full assessment of your social care needs, please visit our Choices for Care page.
Choices for Care, provides you with online support to help you to identify the support you need. This includes relevant services from the Live Well directory.
You can also choose to submit the information you provide to the Council’s Adult Social Care service, who will then contact you to consider your situation further.