What is a personal budget?

A personal budget is the total cost of meeting the special educational needs of a child or young person. It offers parents or young people more choice and control over their provision.

There are four ways of getting a personal budget:

  • Direct Payments
    Is where you receive the funding directly so that you can buy and manage services specified in the EHC plan yourself.
  • An arrangement or notional budget
    The council, school or college hold the funds and commission the support specified in the EHC plan
  • Third party arrangements
    Where direct payments are paid to and managed by an individual or organisation on behalf of the child’s parent’s of the young person
  • A combination of the above

Please see the personal budget process plan for more details on how personal budgets will work.

Funding available for direct payment or third party arrangement

This will change year on year as commissioning arrangements are reviewed

2014 to 2015 will include:

  • Education: element 3 funding (high needs top up funding)
  • Health: A personal health budget following eligibility for continuing health care.
  • Social Care: Direct payments to meet the eligible social care needsof children, young adults and their carers.

Any provision to be delivered by a direct payment in an educational institution must be agreed by that institution.

Services already commissioned by the council or CCG will not initially be available as a direct payment as this could destabilise local services

Education Health Care
  • Mainstream or special school or college places
  • PRU places
  • 2,3 and 4 year old Nursery Places
  • Resourced / Specialist Nursery Places
  • ISP places (19-25 yrs)
  • Training Providers
  • Out of School Care
  • Element 1and 2 Funding
  • Children’s Centre services
  • Transport
  • Behaviour Support
  • Ladywood Outreach
  • Sensory Support
  • Education Psychology
  • Parenting Support
  • Connexions Services
  • SNUFFs Volunteers
  • Pupil Premium
  • Parent Partnership
  • Youth Services
  • Health Visiting
  • Primary Care (GPs)
  • School Nursing
  • CAMHS & Adult Mental Health Services
  • Children’s and Adult’s Learning Disability Service
  • Audiology Service
  • Children’s Community Nursing
  • Physiotherapy
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Nutrition and Dietetics
  • Speech and Language Service
  • Consultant Paediatrician Support
  • Family Nurse Partnership
  • District Nursing (18 years+)
  • Dental Services
  • Orthotics
  • Opthalmics
  • Podiatry
  • Wheelchair Services
  • Prescription charges
  • Local Youth Clubs
  • Childcare
  • Social and Leisure (Bridges)
  • 5-19 After School and Youth
  • Saturday Club
  • Residential Short Break Care
  • Family Based Short Break Care
  • Family Support Short Break Care
  • Family Support Domiciliary Care
  • Children and Adults with Disabilities – Social Work
  • Adult In-House Day Care
  • Adult In-House Short-Term Breaks
  • Block Contracted Adult Short-Term Breaks
  • 5-19 Play is for All services
  • Family support for deaf and hearing impaired children
  • Transport
  • Home Start Services

Direct payment provision in 2014 to 2015 (proposed)

Education Health Social care
  1. Some specialist equipment (e.g. laptop, specialist software etc)
  2. Sensory Integration
  3. Specialist Dyslexia Teacher Support
  4. Counselling
  5. Educational Psychology; therapeutic support
  6. Teaching Assistant Support
  7. Brokerage Support (not yet in place)
  1. Continuing Health Care Packages  for Children
  2. Continuing Health Care Packages for Adults
  3. Sensory Integration
  4. Counselling
  5. Brokerage Support (not yet in place)
  1. Personal Assistants
  2. Home Care for Children
  3. Adult Private Day Care
  4. Adult Short-Term

Residential Care

  1. Private domiciliary support via agency
  2. Social and Leisure activities/out of School Activities
  3. Transport if to access a specific activity
  4. Brokerage (not yet in place)

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