Personal budgets

A personal budget refers to the amount it would cost to meet your agreed support needs.

What is a personal budget?

A personal budget gives you the independence to:

  • Choose and control the support that is best for you
  • Be fully involved in decisions about the help you need to live independently
  • Support yourself in ways that suit you

How do I get a personal budget?

You will be eligible for a personal budget, if you have been assessed by us as needing support to help you to live independently.

The assessment will determine how much money you can get for 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.

What the Care Act says about personal budgets

  • The Care Act places personal budgets in law for the first time and clarifies the responsibilities of Local Authorities to place them at the heart of their care and support and support planning
  • Everyone whose needs are to be met by Swindon Borough Council must receive a personal budget as part of their care and support plan
  • The budget must give you clear information about the amount allocated to meet your needs, how much if anything, you will need to contribute, and how much the council will contribute
  • The personal budget must be sufficient to cover the costs of meeting the assessed needs but will exclude any costs for services where the Council is not permitted to charge
  • The provisions of the Act apply to both adults and carers with care and support needs