A personal budget is an agreed amount of money given to a child’s parent or a young person over 16, to buy support and services.
A personal budget must be offered to you and you can request one during an assessment of need or when an EHC plan is being reviewed. If you already have a personal budget for care, this will continue and be included in the EHC plan.
There are three types of personal budget:
Not everyone has a personal budget, it will depend on the support that is needed and agreed in the EHC plan.
The benefits and responsibilities of a personal budget will be shared with you when you discuss your options, so that you can decide if a personal budget is right for you.
Parents manage a child’s personal budget up until the end of year 11, the end of compulsory school age. After this, a young person can take responsibility for the budget if they have the capacity to do so. This is defined by the Mental Capacity Act, (external link) and will need to be decided through an assessment.
Personal budgets can be managed in different ways:
A mix of these three options can be used.
Not everyone can have a personal budget and only certain types of support can be paid for using the money available. For more information please see the personal budgets policy (PDF 520KB).
Information and guidance about personal budgets which you might find useful: