A Personal Budget is money we set aside to pay for your care and support after we've carried out an assessment of your needs.
We can either pay money to you – called a Direct Payment – so you can arrange your own care and support, or we can arrange it for you as a 'managed budget', or a combination of both.
It is also possible for a care provider to manage the budget on your behalf. This arrangement is called an 'Individual Service Fund' and is limited with Thurrock at present.
Getting a Personal Budget
You can only have a Personal Budget if you have been assessed by us as needing support to help you to live independently.
The assessment will work out:
- how much your care will cost – your Personal Budget
- if you need help paying for it
If you need care services and are assessed as being able to pay the full cost yourself, then either:
- we may still provide the services for you, but will charge you for the full amount
- we can put you in touch with private care services so you can arrange support with them
If you need care services but cannot pay the full cost of care by yourself, we will agree with you how much you can pay towards the cost, and we will pay the difference.
Spending your Personal Budget
Once the amount is agreed you can start planning how to spend it.
We'll help you to do this by using our experience to agree a plan which meets your support needs. We will also agree with you how you will receive your Personal Budget.
You can choose either:
- to have our contribution paid directly to you so you can arrange your own care – called a Direct Payment
- to have us use it to arrange care services for you, and charge you for your contribution on a monthly basis – called a 'managed budget'
To ask about Personal Budgets and Direct Payments, contact us below.