A Carer personal budget (also known as a carer direct payment) is a sum of money paid by a council's Adult Social Care department to help to a carer to pay for things which will help them in their caring role. To get a personal budget you will have to have had a carer's assessment.
Following a carer's assessment, if you are eligible for support a plan will be created to show how your support will be arranged. You may be given a personal budget to help to support you as a carer over the course of the next year.
What can I do with my personal budget?
Your personal budget can be used in all kinds of ways; it's yours to use to pay for anything that will support you in your caring role and that has been agreed in your carers' support plan.
Here's how some other carers have used their personal budgets:
- travel expenses or fees to take up leisure or education activities
- health promotion activities such as exercise classes, gym membership, massages or relaxation or complementary therapies
- short breaks from caring to give them some time to themselves
- a short holiday to recharge their batteries
- practical help with housework and gardening
- a mobile phone
- leisure classes to relieve stress
You will be asked by the council to demonstrate how you have spent your care personal budget.
Coordinating your care arrangements
If you have a smart phone or a tablet then you can download the Jointly app; this makes caring for someone a little easier, less stressful and a lot more organised by making communication and coordination between those who share the care as easy as a text message.
Other information and advice
Sutton Carers Centre provides information, advice and support services for adult carers, parent carers, family carers, young carers and carers of people with mental health conditions. Find out more about the support the Carers Centre can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8296 5611, email@example.com.
Alzheimer’s Society Sutton provides information, advice and support for carers and people with dementia. Find out more about the support Alzheimer’s Society Sutton can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 1875
The Carers Forum meets quarterly at Sutton Civic Offices, and is an opportunity for carers to discuss the latest developments in carer support services in Sutton, and meet other unpaid carers from across the borough. Contact Sutton Carers Centre for information on future forum dates, and to book your place at the forum: 020 8296 5611, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Community Drug Service for South London (CDSSL) provides support for family members and carers of substance misusers. Find out more about the support CDSSL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8773 1881, email@example.com.
Age UK Sutton provides information, advice and support to older people and their carers. Find out more about the support Age UK can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4090, contact details/form.
Sutton Centre for Independent Living (SCILL) provides information and advice for carers and the people they care for. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8770 4065, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sutton Citizens Advice Bureaux provides information and advice around finances (including benefits, debt and other financial matters). Find out more about the support the Sutton CAB can offer you by getting in touch: 020 8405 3552, contact form.
Sutton Mental Health Foundation provides information, advice and support for people with mental health conditions and their carers. Find out more about the support SCILL can offer you by getting in touch using the details below: Tel: 020 8770 0172, email@example.com.
There is also a regular programme of support groups and meetings for carers in Sutton – take a look at our page on Local support groups for carers to find out more.
Carers UK provides more information on carer personal budgets (or direct payments).