Follow these seven steps to be in control of your
Step 1: Your money - finding out how
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
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
If you would like a copy of Seven Steps in another
language, or a printed version, please email