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Personal Budgets

Personal Budgets for children and young people with an EHC plan

What is it?

A personal budget is an amount of money allocated by the council to deliver all or some of the services and support set out in your/ your child’s Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.

 What does it do?

It gives you more choice and control over the services that your child gets.

A child or a young person may have a personal budget from:

  • health 
  • social care 
  • education 


How can I get one?


Personal budgets will be considerd if you request it when we issue a draft EHC plan following an EHC needs assessment or when we are reviewing an EHC plan. The personal budget should be linked to the provision and outcomes stated in the EHC Plan or Draft EHC Plan.

A panel will make a decision on personal budgets.

In certain circumstances, the panel can refuse to identify a personal budget. They may do so when the special educational provision is being provided as part of a larger budget (for example, a contract with the NHS to provide all speech and language therapy or occupational therapy) and the panel cannot separate out or ‘disaggregate’ the personal budget from that overall larger budget. The panel also have to consider if it would be an efficient use of the local authority’s resources.


Personal Health Budget

Continuing Health Care Criteria are applied to see if you can have a personalised health budget. For more information please contact a health officer e.g. health visitor, school nurse, designated clinical officer, etc.



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Last updated on 05/07/2021
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