Information in British Sign Language about the personal budgets
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What is a Personal Budget?
A Personal Budget is money paid by us (Kent Adult Social
Services) to you that you can use to arrange your own care and
Why are people being offered a Personal Budget?
Adult social care is changing. This is happening across England
and not just in Kent. These changes will give you more freedom,
choice and control over the type of care and support you
want. This is called Self Directed Support.
Can anyone get a Personal Budget?
You will get a Personal Budget if, following a community care
assessment of your needs and your financial position, you are
eligible for support from us (certain support that Kent Adult
Social Services provides, like Enablement Services, equipment and
adaptations or residential care are not included in your Personal
Budget). Before we can give you any money you need to complete a
What is a Support Plan?
Your Support Plan sets out what you need to achieve to lead as
independent and fulfilling a life as you can. It will also outline
the cost of any care and support that you need. You can
develop your Support Plan yourself, with the help of someone else,
use an organisation to help you or we can help you. The
Support Plan shows how you intend to spend your Personal Budget to
make sure you have the support you need. When the Support
Plan is finished it will need to be agreed by us before we release
any money to you.
What is an Estimated Personal Budget?
After you have had an assessment that shows you are eligible for
support from us we will estimate your Personal Budget. This
estimate is the amount of money we think you will need to meet your
care and support needs and is based on what it would cost for us to
provide support to you. It gives you an idea of how much
money you may have to spend on your support. When you have
completed your Support Plan you will be issued with an Actual
Personal Budget – this is the actual amount of money you will
receive based on your agreed Support Plan and it may be more, or
less, than your Estimated Personal Budget.
What can I spend my Personal Budget on?
Your Personal Budget must be spent on achieving the things we
have agreed in your Support Plan. Your Personal Budget cannot
be spent on anything that is illegal or would endanger you or
Is a Personal Budget taxable and will it affect any benefits
that I might receive?
No. A Personal Budget does not count as income for tax or
benefit purposes. A Personal Budget is specifically to pay for
your care and support; it is not a loan.
What if I need help to manage my support or money?
If you think you need help to manage your support or the money a
suitable organisation could help you, a family member or friend or
Kent Adult Social Services.
What are the options for managing my Personal Budget?
Option One: Direct Personal Budget
You can have your Personal Budget sent direct to your bank
account or to your ‘Kent Card’. This is called a Direct Payment.
You can then manage this money yourself and organise, buy and
manage your agreed support.
Option Two: Administered Personal Budget
You can organise and manage your agreed support yourself but ask
someone else to manage your Personal Budget money for you. This
could be an organisation independent of Kent Adult Social Services
or we can do it for you.
Option Three: Managed Personal Budget
We can organise, buy and manage your agreed support and manage
the Personal Budget for you.
Option Four: Combination Personal Budget
You may choose to use a combination of the previous three
options. We can discuss this with you.
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