A personal budget is money given to you by the council to help get the intended results or outcomes of an education, health and care (EHC) plan.
Personal budgets allow you to control how the money is spent, and give you more flexibility and choice.
A personal budget can be requested from the council when you get a draft or proposed amended EHC plan.
You cannot get a personal budget without an EHC plan.
Managing a personal budget
Personal budgets are normally managed by the parents or carers of a child with special educational needs or disabilities (SEND), particularly if the child is under 16.
Young people with SEND aged 16 to 25 may choose to:
- manage their own personal budget if they are able to
- use a third party to manage the money on their behalf
You can choose to:
- take the money as a direct payment and pay for the services you need
- ask the council to pay for services you need from your personal budget allocation
You do not need to have a personal budget. If you choose not to have a personal budget, the money will be managed by the council to help meet the outcomes of your EHC plan.
A personal budget is not the total of all money made available to support a child or young person with SEND. For example, it does not include the cost of a school place or existing help from an education provider.
What can the personal budget be used for?
Personal budgets can have several different elements, which can include: