This section of the SEND Local Offer aims to provide information and guidance on financial matters, which is to the best of our knowledge accurate and up-to-date. However the information was not written by benefits advisors and we cannot therefore guarantee complete accuracy.
If you think that you might be entitled to a benefit or might need to take further action you should get advice from the organisations and websites that are listed under the external links.
Children and Young People with an Education, Health and Care (EHC) Plan have the right to request a personal budget. Personal Budgets are intended to give young people and/or families greater control over the resources that are available to support them.
What can be included in a personal budget will develop and evolve over time. Parents and/or the young person must always be involved in planning the Personal Budget.
Personal Budgets enable the Council and Health to share decisions about support and provision with children or young people and their families with the belief that if people have more control over the resources available to them they will find the best solutions and support that works best for them.
Who Can Have a Personal Budget?
If your child has an EHC plan issued by Nottinghamshire you may request to have a personal budget to meet the outcomes detailed in the plan. Some part of the Personal Budget could be taken as a direct payment to you, or a suitable person on your behalf.
Sometimes the Local Authority may not agree to a Personal Budget. If that happens, the Local Authority will tell you why.
What Can You Use a Personal Budget For?
To pay for resources to help meet the outcomes identified in your EHC plan. This may include services or other items including equipment which are needed to provide support.
How Do You Get a Personal Budget?
Your EHC Co-ordinator and other professionals involved will help by talking to you about the outcomes and the support that your child may need to help them reach their goals as they progress through the EHC plan pathway.
The EHC Co-ordinator, together with you and your child, will write an EHC plan that describes outcomes and goals. The plan will also describe how these can be achieved and the resources that are required to meet the outcomes. The EHC Co-ordinator will advise you on those resources which may be taken as a direct payment.
There is a copy of the latest version of the Personal Budget Policy, which can be downloaded on the links on the right-hand-side of this web page.
Personal Health Budgets
A Personal Health Budget is an amount of money that is intended to support a individual's health and well-being needs. These will be identified and agreed between the individual and the relevant NHS Team. You can find out more information about Personal Health Budgets using the external links on the right-hand side of this page. There are links to both general information on the NHS Choices website or if you live in Bassetlaw there is a link to specific information about how personal health budgets are operated in this part of Nottinghamshire.
Nottinghamshire Health Care in partnership with Family Action are offering twice weekly drop in sessions for those seeking information and advice about the various types of personal budget. Details of these sessions under the downloads section of this page.
Nottinghamshire County Council Customer Service Centre:
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