Personal budgets are part of a new way of providing adult social care services. A personal budget is the amount of social care money that is available from us to pay for your support and is paid to you in the form of Direct Payments.
Having a personal budget means that, instead of having services chosen for you, you will be able to choose them for yourself. We will always support you to do this.
Who can have a personal budget?
You may be able to have one if you:
- live in Sandwell;
- are aged 18 or over;
- need social care services and support; and
- your situation is not likely to change for some time.
We want to make sure that people with the greatest needs get the most support. This means that to get a personal budget, you must be eligible for care and support in accordance with the Care Act 2014. We do a care and support assessment first, to find this out.
If your income and savings are above the limits set by the government, you may not be able to have money from us. However, we can still do a support plan with you, so you know what services are available and how to get them. There is no charge for this.
What can you use your personal budget for?
You can use your personal budget to pay for items or services that are legal and help you to keep your independence and be part of the community. They must help you achieve what we have agreed in your support plan.
Some of these things could be:
- special equipment to help with your support needs
- support to take part in social or leisure activities and to make new friends
- services or personal assistants (PAs) to provide you with care and support.
Think about what you need to make a difference to your quality of life, safety and independence.
How do you get a personal budget?
If your care and support needs are high enough, we will carry out a personal budget assessment.
Following this assessment, we will give you an estimate of how much you might get.
After your personal budget assessment
We will meet with you to put together your care and care and support plan, which is specific to your needs. The care and support plan shows how you will spend your personal budget to meet your support needs.
If you prefer, you can put together your own support plan. Once your support plan has been agreed, you will be able to choose how you would like to manage your budget.
How much money will you get?
We will look at your financial situation to work out if we will ask you to pay towards the cost of your support. We will explain how charges are calculated and tell you about the payment options available.
The final amount you get will depend on your personal circumstances and the actual cost of support and services.