Personal Budgets for Children and Young People

A Personal Budget is when the places that support you work out how much money they are spending on your support.

What is a Personal Budget?

A Personal Budget is when the places that support you work out how much money they are spending on your support.

For example, they might look at how much it costs to pay for someone to give you extra support at college or someone to help you with speaking and communicating.

You can use a Personal Budget in different ways.

Sometimes your parents, the local authority, your school or college can look after your Personal Budget for you.

The local authority is sometimes called ‘the council’. They decide how to spend the money for your support.

Sometimes you can get the money yourself and work out how you want to spend it on your support.

You will get a plan to say what support you need. You must only use the money for the things in the plan.

A Personal Budget is when the places that support you work out how much money they are spending on your support.

Who can have a Personal Budget?

If you:

  • have special educational needs. This is when people need some extra help with learning things.
  • you are aged between 16 and 25 years old
    AND
  • you are getting an Education, Health and Care plan

then you can ask for a Personal Budget.

You do not have to have one. It is up to you.

You or your parents can ask for a Personal Budget when your Education, Health and Care plan is being written or is under review, which means it is being checked.

Sometimes the people who run the local authority or the health services will say no. They have to tell you why they cannot give you a Personal Budget.

If you need help understanding Personal Budgets, you can talk to your local Information, Advice and Support Service.

Where can I get more information?

You can get more information in easy read from the Department for Education and the Mencap booklets below.

You can also contact the SEND Team.

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Contact

SEND Team

Hewson House

Brigg

North Lincolnshire

DN20 8XJ

Email: special.needssection@northlincs.gov.uk

Tel: 01724 297148

Last modified: December 6, 2021