A personal budget is money that is allocated to you by the council to pay for care and support needs in your support plan. It means that you choose and control what you do with your time, what help you can get and from whom.
Anyone, 18 or over, who is eligible for social care support can get a personal budget for the help that they need. The first step is to contact Adult Social Care. They will help and advise you, which could include directing you to other services that could help, or arrange to have a needs 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).
These are the steps to getting a personal budget:
- contact Adult Social Care for an assessment
- your needs assessment
- find out your personal budget
- plan your support
- decide how to manage the money
- arrange your support plan
- review your support plan
More information about getting a personal budget is available in a document called Personal Budgets: a user's guide. This is available in the Documents section.
In addition, the Documents section contains more information about other things to consider when getting a personal budget:
- how to become an employer
- how to recruit a personal assistant
- what to do before your personal assistant starts
- how to manage your personal assistant
- sorting out problems
- care and support after leaving hospital
Getting further help:
- speak to your care manager/social worker
- speak to ASIST at Leeds Centre for integrated Living, the Leeds personal budget and direct payments support service. Call them on 0113 214 3599
- be part of Free to live - the personal budgets peer support network in Leeds. Speak to them via ASIST on 0113 214 3599
- find local services using Leeds Directory. A link to their website is in the External links section