When your care and support plan has been agreed with you and your social care worker following the initial assessment, we’ll have a clear idea of your identified needs/outcomes and how much it will cost to pay for them. This will inform the amount that goes into your personal budget.
Personal budgets are designed to be flexible and fit your personal circumstances. You can choose how to spend your personal budget providing it meets your outcomes agreed in your care and support plan.
Managing your budget
You’ll need to decide how you want to receive and manage your personal budget; there are three options to choose from:
- direct payments from us, giving you complete control
- support arranged by us – this is where we will select your care and support from our own services or from other organisations we work with
- a combination of both of the above options.
If you’re not sure, ask your social worker which of the options best suits your needs/outcomes.