A personal budget is money that is available to someone who needs support. Of course, the money is agreed through a process in consultation with the local authority or health services (or both).

The person who needs the help (the personal budget is for them) can control the budget or they can have a representative such as a family member or friend responsible for managing the money.

They must:

  • Know how much money that they have for their support
  • Be able to spend the money in ways and at times that make sense to them
  • Know what outcomes must be achieved with the money

An individual’s personal budget can be:

  • All care arranged and provided by the local/health authority
  • Direct Payment (DP) – cash for you to arrange your own
  • A mixture of these options