Support Budgets (previously known as direct payment)

Once eligible care and support needs have been identified and agreed between you and your Lead Assessor, a Support Budget is likely to be considered to meet those outcomes.  

There will be three options for you to consider how your Support Budget is provided:

  • An amount of money will be paid to you to have the maximum control over your own care and support (Self-Managed)
  • We can give the money to a care provider who will work with you towards meeting your care and support needs (Provider Administered)
  • The council can manage the money for you. (Local Authority Managed)

It may also be possible that we provide the support directly for you.

What is a Support Budget?

With a Support budget you have more control over your own care and support and who provides it.  A support budget is money we give you to help you buy the care and support you need, instead of us arranging the support for you.

Support budgets will not affect your social security benefits. They are not counted as taxable income.

How much will I get?

The amount of money you receive will be based on your personal situation and identified needs in line with our Charging Policy, and will be agreed with you during our conversation with you.

How do I receive the money?

You will need to open a separate bank account to receive the support budget money, and you will need to send us monthly statements from this account. 

What can I use the money for?

You must use the money to meet the identified support and care needs. We will discuss the best way to spend your support budget on care and support with you. 

If you would like more information or advice, you can visit a Talking Point or contact the Single Point of Access.