A Personal Budget is an amount of money identified by the Local Authority to deliver provision set out in an EHC Plan where the parent/carer or young person aged 16 or over, is involved in securing that provision. A Personal Budget gives parents/carers and young people more choice and control in the way they receive the support they need, as outlined in their EHC Plan.
Personal Budgets are optional for parents/carers and young people, but the Council is under a duty to prepare a budget when requested unless it:
- would have an adverse impact on services provided or arranged by the Local Authority for other EHC Plan holders
- would not be an efficient use of the Local Authority's resources
Personal Budgets should reflect the holistic nature of an EHC Plan and can include funding for special educational, health and social care provision. Any Personal Budget allocated must be clearly aligned to the outcomes identified for the child or young person and deliver provision agreed in the EHC Plan.
The Personal Budget will not replace or replicate existing services and will only be used to create bespoke services where there is an identified need or gap in a child or young person's Plan.
A co-produced easy read version will be available in the future.
Other information and advice
When you employ a Personal Assistant (PA) you are responsible for the payroll for your employees. Learn more about paying a Personal Assistant through a payroll service.
Read Covid 19: Direct Payments and Personal Budgets - a list of Frequently Asked Questions regarding the use of Direct Payments and Personal Budgets. These look to answer your questions and advise how the council can continue to support you at this time.