What are personal budgets?

A personal budget is made up of the amount it would cost to meet your agreed support needs.

This money can either be paid direct to you so that you can arrange your own care and support, or we can arrange this for you, or a combination of the two.

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 can only have a personal budget, or direct payment, if you have been assessed by us as needing support to help you to live independently. An assessment is simply a discussion with you that will help us understand what help and support you might need. More information about what an assessment involves. 

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. More about care and support planning.

Will I manage my personal budget?

Once that's established we can organise how you will receive the money. It can be paid directly to you, to someone else if you aren't happy dealing with the money yourself, or we can arrange for a service provider to manage it for you.

Finally, you spend the money in ways that you feel best meet your needs. You are in control as long as you spend the money in accordance with your plan. We'll check with you from time to time to make sure everything is going OK and that you are living your life in a way that suits you. 

What the Care Act says about personal budgets

  • The Care Act places personal budgets in law 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

How to get in touch

The Adult Social Care team are the first point of contact for all referrals and general enquiries relating to adult social care and support.

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