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EHCP and personal budgets

Does Leeds have a policy for how it will manage personal budgets and direct payments?

The policy has been drafted by members of children’s services in partnership with representatives from EPIC Leeds parents and carers’ participation forum, health and Leeds Centre for Integrated Living in response to the Children and Families Act 2014.

The aim of the policy is to explain the approach taken by Leeds City Council (LCC) and the Leeds NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to personal budgets across education, health and social care for children and young people. It also includes detailed guidance regarding direct payments.

The new Handbook  and policy document can be found in the documents section on this page.

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If you have any questions after reading the information on this page, you can get in touch with us by telephone on 0113 395 1030, by email or by post to:

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Click to expandDoes Leeds have a policy for how it will manage personal budgets and direct payments?

The policy has been drafted by members of children’s services in partnership with representatives from EPIC Leeds parents and carers’ participation forum, health and Leeds Centre for Integrated Living in response to the Children and Families Act 2014.
The aim of the policy is to explain the approach taken by Leeds City Council (LCC) and the Leeds NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) to personal budgets across education, health and social care for children and young people. It also includes detailed guidance regarding direct payments.
This draft was approved by Children’s Senior Leadership Team on 21st April and is now being considered by Leeds NHS CCGs. As such, the policy is ratified for Children’s Services personal budgets only and does not currently apply to the NHS.
The policy and the parents handbook can be viewed and downloaded from the Documents section on this page.

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Click to expandWhat types of support can be linked to a personal budget?

Education Schools are required to put appropriate support in place for children with SEN and disabilities through funding from local and central government. Where a child or young person is identified as requiring support which is over and above this amount, top-up funding is provided by the local authority to a setting via the Funding For Inclusion (FFI) process. This top-up funding is the amount which is available for use as part of a personal budget.  Where this top-up funding is taken out in direct payments, it will be important for your child’s setting to agree to how this could be used and to fit with whatever else is happening in the school.

Health  Continuing Care (a package of care that is arranged and funded solely by the NHS for individuals who are not in hospital but have complex ongoing healthcare needs)

Social Care Short Breaks for disabled children, young people and their families and transport.  ​​

Click to expand What are the choices available for managing a personal budget?

There are four options:
-direct payments - a direct (cash) payment which is paid into an account for you to buy and manage services yourself
-a virtual budget, where the local authority, school or college holds your personal budget and buys the support identified in your assessment of needs
-a third party budget, where a service provider, user-led organisation or a broker manages it for you
-a combination of the above ​

Click to expandWhat support is available to help manage a personal budget?

The Actively Seeking Independence Support Team (ASIST) can support you to manage your personal budget. We fund ASIST to provide advice and practical assistance in managing Direct Payments and we are currently working with them to develop ways to support families in managing a Personal Budget for an EHCP.  ASIST can help with developing your support plan, recruiting, employing and training a personal assistant (PA), and managing your direct payments bank account.​

Click to expandWho can I talk to if I am unhappy with any aspect relating to my personal budget for an EHC Plan?

An EHCP will always have an educational part to it and your SEN Case Worker will be able to discuss any queries that you might have about the plan or a personal budget.  If you are dissatisfied with their response, you can ask for the SEN Casework Team Leader to look at your case. 

You can also make a complaint using the standard LCC or health service complaints procedures. For LCC procedures please use the links provided in the Related Pages section on this page.

For health complaints you can phone the Patient Advice and Liaison Service (PALS):  
-Leeds Community Healthcare Trust on 0113 2208585 between 9:30am and 4:30pm (Mon to Fri)
-Leeds and York Partnership Trust on 0113 3056620 or 0800 0525790
-Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust on 0113 2066262 or 0113 2067168 during normal office hours

We will always seek to resolve your concerns as best we can, including through independent mediation and disagreement resolution where necessary. ​

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