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A personal budget is money that your local authority pays towards support that a young personal with special educational needs and disabilities needs. There are various types of personal budget available. In this guide we explore them all.
Finding help when you or your child have Special Educational Needs (SEN) can be challenging. Having a personal budget can give you the support to receive the care you need.
A personal budget is money that your local authority will pay towards any educational, social care or health needs you have. People who provide care can also receive personal budget. The local authority will assess your needs first to decide whether you are eligible for a personal budget and, if so, how much money you should receive.
The money in your personal budget can be paid directly to a care provider or it can be paid to you. If it’s paid to you it’s called a direct payment.
There are different types of personal budget for different needs.
Our in-depth guides on each type of personal budget have lots more information on what the money can be spent on and how to request a personal budget. Download them below along with our personal budget infographic.