Personal budgets

People are offered a personal budget if they meet eligibility criteria, which they are encouraged to manage themselves, or with help from family and friends, though we can also make arrangements on people's behalf.

Personal budgets can be used flexibly to overcome the obstacles which illness or disability put in the way of living in the way you choose. For instance:

  • If you need support with day-to-day tasks, or if you need someone to be on hand to make sure you are safe, you can use a personal budget to employ someone you know can help you.
  • If you need support to take part in social, leisure or educational activities, you can use a personal budget to arrange that.
  • If family members or friends who usually provide you with support need a break, you can use a personal budget to help with this.

Charges for services - social care

There are charges for services such as home care, short breaks or long-term residence in care homes, and also for meals and transport to day care. Most of these charges depend on people's financial circumstances. Visit this link for more information.

Direct payments


People who need social care services can choose to be paid the cost of the services and make their own arrangements. However, there are some restrictions to this. Visit this link for more information.

Self-directed support

Self-directed support is for people with longer term support needs and aims to put people in charge of their own support arrangements. People are offered a personal budget which they are encouraged to manage themselves, or with help from family and friends, though we can also make arrangements on people's behalf. Visit this link for more information.