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Personal budgets

A personal budget is money that is allocated to you by the council to pay for care and support needs identified within your support plan. It means you have more choice, control and flexibility over the kind of support you use and how you use it.

Anyone, 18 or over, who is eligible for social care support, can have a personal budget. The first step is to contact Adult Social Care to ask for an assessment. You need an assessment to work out if you are eligible. To arrange an assessment speak to your care manager/social worker or call 0113 222 4401 (textphone 0113 222 4410).

For more information on the steps to applying for a personal budget please see Personal Budgets: a user’s guide in the Documents section.

One of the benefits for personal budget holders is being able to employ a personal assistant (PA) to help you live more independently. If this sounds like something that may interest you please see the personal assistant guides in the Documents section for further information.

Getting further help:
  • speak to ASIST at Leeds Centre for integrated Living, the Leeds personal budget and direct payments support service. Call them on 0113 214 3598
  • be part of Free to live - the personal budgets peer support network in Leeds. Speak to them via ASIST on 0113 214 3598
  • find local services using Leeds Directory. A link to their website is in the External links section.