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Personal Budgets

What is a Personal Budget?

A personal budget is an amount of money that you can use to arrange and pay for your support agreed in your Education, Health and Care plan. The amount that you get depends on the needs and outcomes identified in your plan and can alter as they change.

By September 2014 all children and young people in receipt of an Education, Health and Care Plans will be able to request a personal budget.
 

What is the aim?

Personal Budgets aim to:

  • give you more control of your support,
  • provide you with flexibility in achieving your goals.


What is in it?

  • The personal budget can include funding from education, health and social care sources
  • Parents should be given three options for the control of their budget, or a combination of the three:
  • Notional arrangements – where the authority retains the funds but the parent/young person directs its usage;
  • Third party arrangements – where funds are paid to an individual or another organisation on behalf of the parent/young person and they manage the funds;
  • Direct Payments – where individuals receive the cash to purchase services themselves.
 

What are its benefits to you?

  • You can be creative and flexible with your personal budget,
  • You (and your child) can have greater control over how the goals identified for your child, in their Education, Health and Care Plan are achieved.
  • As young people move into adulthood they can have greater control over how the goals identified in their Education, Health and Care Plan are achieved.


Further information

Education

More information on personal budgets for Education Health and Care Plans can be found in the policy here:  Personal Budgets Policy for EHCP

If you are eligible for home to school transport you can request a personal transport budget. More information can be found in the policy here: and more information on home to school transport generally can be found here  Home to School Transport Policy (for students aged 5 to 16) (tameside.gov.uk) 


Personal health budgets

For more information on personal health budgets please use this link

 

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