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What to Spend it on

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General Info - County Hall


Personal Budgets

·    What is it?

·    Contact information

·    Related links

What is it?

If you need longer term help and support to live life to the full and you are eligible, you will be given a 'Personal Budget'.

·    A Personal Budget is an amount of money set aside for you to spend on the support you need

·    Having a Personal Budget means that you are in charge of how the money for your support is spent

·    Having a Personal Budget doesn't mean you have to receive the money yourself if you don't want to. More information about the different ways to manage your money.

·    After your assessment, we will tell you roughly how much money might need to be spent on your support - this is called your indicative Personal Budget

·    We will also need to work out if you will have to pay towards the cost of your support, by doing a financial assessment

·    Knowing your indicative Personal Budget in advance, helps you to plan how you want to be supported to meet your needs and achieve the things you want to achieve.  We call the things you want to achieve 'My Outcomes'

·    We will help you to plan your supportand develop a Support Plan, or you can do this yourself if you prefer with the help of friends and family or with another organisation or person that isn't part of the Council

Contact information

·    Contact us for an assessment for longer term support.

·    Contact details for Adult Social Care

Related links

·    Information about self directed support

·    Support Options

·    Leaflet about personalisation and self directed support (PDF Document)





What can I use a Personal Budget for?

You can use a Personal Budget in a variety of ways, but what you use it for must be directly related to meeting your ‘eligible needs’ for social care.

Some of the ways in which people using mental health services have chosen to use their Personal Budgets are:

·         getting help with cooking, shopping and cleaning

·         having short breaks or a holiday

·         leisure activities, e.g. an art class or a walking group

·         having driving lessons

·         buying specialist or computer equipment to make life easier

·         buying membership of a gym or sports club

·         finding a job or learning new skills

·         having an aromatherapy massage or other alternative therapy

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