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Personal budgets overview

Personal budgets are intended to give people more choice and control over their healthcare, social care and parts of their education. A personal budget is an amount of money identified by the local authority or the CCG. You and your family may be able to receive some or all of this money instead of services that would otherwise be provided for you.

There are three types of personal budgets:

  1. Personal budgets for special educational provision : These are only available to children and young people who have an EHC plan.
  2. Personal health budgets : These are only available to people who meet the criteria for additional health funding, such as Children’s Continuing Health Care, Continuing Care, individual funding requests or an unmet health need described in an EHC plan. Personal health budgets are not available for mainstream commissioned services.
  3. Personal budgets for social care: The local authority must offer direct payments to children and young people who qualify for support from children’s social care, such as short breaks services. For those aged 18 or over, the local authority must offer personal budgets to all disabled people with eligible social care needs. there is more information about social care services on the Sheffield City Council website.

Last updated: 16/04/2019

Information owner: SENDSARS

Last Updated: 13/05/2022
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