They are an allocation of funding given to users after an assessment which should be sufficient to meet their assessed needs. Users can either take their personal budget as a direct payment, or – while still choosing how their care needs are met and by whom – leave councils with the responsibility to commission the services. Or they can take have some combination of the two.
As a result, they provide a potentially good option for people who do not want to take on the responsibilities of a direct payment. Personal budgets have been rolled out in England since 2008, with a target of providing every service user with one by 2013.

To find out more information about the support services we provide for Direct Payment Service Users and Personal Assistants please contact us on our free telephone 020 8665 4334 or email us