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Seven steps to being in control

Follow these seven steps to be in control of your support:

Step 1: Your money - finding out how much

The first thing to do is to find out if you can get money for your support - and how much.

Step 2: Making your support plan

The second thing is to make a plan about how you'll use the money to get the life you want. You can do the plan yourself, or you can get help.

Step 3: Getting your plan agreed

A social worker at the council has to approve your plan.

Step 4: Organising your money

When your social worker agrees your plan, you get your personal budget. You can get the money yourself as a direct payment, you can choose someone to look after the money for you or you can do a bit of both.

Step 5: Organising your support

You can organise your support in a way that suits you. You can get help to find and organise support.

Step 6: Living your life

You can use services but you can also spend your money on people who you know - or even buy things that will help you in your life.

Step 7: Seeing how it worked

You have to show that you have used the money properly.

More information on each step and our Easy Read 'Seven steps to being in control' poster can be downloaded below.

If you would like a copy of Seven Steps in another language, or a printed version, please email us.

Last Updated : 13 February 2012. Page Author: Laura Bimpson.