A personal budget - is knowing how much cash is
allocated for your support - you might use this information to
1. Take a direct payment (taking the cash and
organising the support yourself)
2. Direct an individual support fund - (this is
telling social services which provider you want your personal
budget to go to and then negotiating with the provider how to spend
your individual funds.
3. Arrange a trust circle that the money gets paid
to and the trust circle arranges the support for you
4. Arrange for a joint account where one other
person supports you to manage your budget
5. Care managed - leave the cash with the council to
buy and arrange services for you.
Evidence from In Control's work suggests that very high numbers of
people do choose to manage their personal budget as either a direct
payment or indirect payment.
Some people choose to mix and match - part direct payment, part
direct service. This is fine if it is what the person chooses.