A Personal Budget
is money which is allocated to someone by a local authority to pay for their assessed support or care needs. Personal Budgets are similar to Individual Budget
s, but they are made up solely of local authority social care
funding. Personal Budgets do not draw in any payments from other organisations outside of the local authority, so people would have to contact
these organisations separately to receive
additional support (for example, personal budgets do not include Supporting People Funding, which would need to be applied for separately). People can take their Personal Budget as a direct payment (choosing themselves how their care needs are met
and by whom), leave councils with the responsibility to commission the services, or
elect to have some combination of the two.