Personal budgets and direct payments

What happens next?

Once your direct payment is agreed we will talk to you about what you want to achieve and the different ways that your personal budget, including your direct payment, can be used to support your needs.

This will be signed off in your support plan.

Your support needs and financial contribution will be reviewed each year or when a change happens to your situation.

How are direct payments paid?

Payments are paid directly into an account every 4 weeks.

This account must be used just for the direct payment. We will audit this account.

You must be willing and able to manage:

  • The care arrangements you choose
  • The direct payment bank account
  • Monitoring the payments you made

If this feels challenging or a worry for you, you can have a Nominated Person. This is someone you nominate to manage your care and direct payment account for you. Speak to us for more details.

What can I use direct payments for?

In your support plan we will agree how you want to spend your direct payments.

This could be to:

  • Get out and about
  • Improve your way of life
  • Live at home
  • Receive care in the way you choose
  • Have a say on how you live your life as independently as possible.

If you spend your direct payments on care in your home you may:

  • Be an employer, so you can decide who you employ and when - this cannot be someone who lives with you
  • Arrange to purchase support from a private care agency
  • Use our services to assist you with the employment, payments and to help monitor your direct payments
  • Get financial help towards specialist equipment not supplied by the council

Personal budgets for children and young people with Education Health and Care (EHC) plans

Personal budget is an amount of money that can come from education, health and social care which families can spend on services and support which will be based on the assessed needs of your child/ young person. It is not the sum total of all the resources that are available to support your child.

Find out more about by reading the parent's guide to personal budgets for children and young people with EHC plans.

What to do next?

Speak to us for more advice and guidance to help you make the right choice.