Knowsley Older People's Voice

Personal Budgets

Personal Budgets were introduced by the Government to ensure people have more choice and control over the services that support them. A Personal Budget is the amount of money which is identified to meet a person’s social care needs.

What can you spend your budget on?

It is not easy to give a full list of what your Personal Budget can be spent on. This varies widely according to individual circumstances, doctor and you may wish to use it for something that nobody else has considered.

As a general guide you must be able to show that what you buy meets the outcomes and needs identified in your assessment and support plan.

Here are some examples of how people in Knowsley and across the country are spending their personal budgets:

  • Support to help stay independent at home
  • Buying services from an agency or organisation
  • Paying expenses for unpaid helpers
  • Support to attend further education, cialis canada like a computer or typing course
  • Help with accessing activities such as swimming, gyms, and libraries
  • Support to access religeous places
  • Participating in voluntary work in the community
  • Purchasing a season ticket for a helper to accompany you to football games
  • Help with going on holiday with friends and family, rather than traditional respite
  • Buying equipment which will help reduce your longer term support needs or reduce risk (eg. talking microwaves, communications aids etc)
  • Attending one off sporting or cultural events

Knowsley Council have produced a series of short films to illustrate how service users have used a Personal Budget to meet their individual needs. These can be viewed by clicking on the links below:

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