Find out about personal budgets, direct payments and the benefits you may be entitled to.
Personal budgets are intended to give young people and families greater control over the resources that are available to support them. Personal budget resources may come from education, health and social care. North Yorkshire County Council provides personal budgets for education and care.
Personal budgets for education
The Children and Families Act 2014 replaces statements of special educational needs with education, health and care plans. It includes the right to request a personal budget:
- When we have completed an education, health and care needs assessment and have confirmed we will prepare an education, health and care plan; or
- During a statutory review of an existing education, health and care plan.
The aim of a personal budget is to enable children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities and their parents to have more choice, flexibility and control over the services they receive to meet eligible education, health and social care needs as set out in their education, health and care plan, and to help them achieve the outcomes agreed in their plans. For education you do not have to have a personal budget if you do not want one.
Personal budgets for care
You can find out more about how money is allocated for care and how support plans are created here.
What a personal budget be used for
What can be included in a personal budget will develop and evolve over time. The current arrangements are described in our personal budgets and direct payments for children and young people with SEN and/or a disability (pdf / 244 KB) document. You may find this easy read version of our personal budgets document (pdf / 948 KB) useful.
The Department for Education has produced information under the heading "making it personal". One guide you may find useful is Making it personal: a family guide to personalisation, personal budgets and education.
One way of managing a personal budget is by a direct payment. This is where all or part of the personal budget is paid as a cash sum for services to be arranged and managed by the child's family or young person.
In North Yorkshire if you choose to have a direct payment you will be offered support from the direct payment support service. They can help you with getting started with direct payments, finance and record keeping, recruiting staff and/or using an agency.
For more information, see our direct payments page, which also includes contact details for the direct payments support service.
There are many independent organisations that can provide advice about money matters and benefits.
You can use an independent benefits calculator to find out what benefits you might qualify for and an estimate of how much you may be able to get.
See the GOV.UK benefits calculators web page to access an independent online calculator.
Dealing with money issues can sometimes be off-putting, but if you don't understand how things like credit or mortgages work, you could end up losing out financially or getting yourself deep in debt.
Citizens Advice can help you with the information you need to make the right choices, including help to deal with your debt problems, how to avoid losing your home and how to get your finances back into shape. See their debt and money web page for more details.
Disability living allowance
Disability living allowance may help with the extra costs of looking after a child under 16. See the GOV.UK disability living allowance for children page for more information, including rates and how to apply.