A Personal Budget is a sum of money allocated to you as a result of an assessment of your needs. You can use it to buy the support you need instead of traditional services being provided to you. In England this might be referred to as "Self-Directed Support (SDS)" and in Wales as "Citizen Directed Support (CDS)".
Personal Budgets offer flexibility and choice to individuals by allowing them to make their own choices about their lives. People of all ages can purchase support for themselves that better suits their individual needs.
You can use the money to arrange the services you need in a way that suits you, including accessing Direct Payments.
You may be eligible for a Personal Budget if you:-
To see if you are eligible for support, you first need to have an assessment which will help you identify the outcomes that you want to achieve. This will look at what support you need to live independently and will usually take place in your home. You can have someone with you if you wish.
Before the assessment, we recommend you make a list or keep a diary in which you think about all the things you want to change and the outcomes you want to achieve. You may also consider the things you would like to do if you had the right support in place.
It can also be helpful to think about events that do not happen on a daily basis, for example having some respite or times when you may need extra support.
Some funding streams may require you to have a financial assessment, to determine whether you will have to contribute towards the cost of the support you recieve.
Once the asssessment is completed you will be provided with an indicative budget, which is the amount of money that you could receive to support you to achieve your outcomes.
Once you know your indicative budget, you can start to draw up a support plan to show how you intend to use the money to achieve your outcomes. It is a living document that can be shared with others, reviewed and updated to meet your agreed outcomes.
Your support plan should include:
You can have assistance to write your support plan from a relative, friend or Broker. The Rowan Organisation provides a Support Planning and Brokerage service to assist you in drawing up your support plan and will work out how it can meet your outcomes in a creative, practical and cost-effective way. The brokerage service will help you to identify what services are available in your area and where you can obtain the support you require.
Once your support plan has been created, it will go back to your funder for approval. They have to satisfy themselves that the way you use the funding will achieve your outcomes. They may make suggestions for changes or ask further questions before approving your plan. Your funder will decide which of your proposed activities it will fund and use this to confirm the amount of your Personal Budget.
The Rowan Organisation provides a wide range of support services to help you manage your Personal Budget. This can include:-
We offer practical services, including the Managed Accounts service, which can receive the money and make payments on your behalf, whilst still keeping you in control of decisions. We also offer a comprehensive Payroll service for those choosing to employ their own Personal Assistants.
We provide ongoing support when you need it, through our Information and Advice Service and local assistance from our Independent Living Advisers.
For more information on any of the services we provide, please vist "Our Services" page.
When you receive a Direct Payment, you will have certain responsibilities around managing the scheme, these may be different in each area. Your local team can provide you with more information and support on the requirements of the scheme in your area.
Each local council can run their Direct Payments scheme differently. In some areas, Direct Payments are part of a wider scheme called 'Personal Budgets'.
We can provide you with more information about how the Direct Payments work in your area and we have local teams that work closely with councils to provide a seamless service to you.
For more information about your area please select your region from the "In Your Area" menu at the top of the page.