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Carer's personal budgets

You may be entitled to a one-off or a regular carer's personal budget if you complete a carer’s assessment.

Types of carer's personal budget

Carer's one-off personal budget

You may be entitled to a lump sum of up to £250 to spend on yourself if you complete a carer's assessment. You can use it for anything which helps you to continue in your caring role. 

Carer's regular personal budget

If your caring role is having a considerable impact on your day-to-day life, you may be eligible - through a carer's assessment - for a regular weekly personal budget, which can be used to purchase regular carer's respite or sitting service to meet a regular ongoing need. 

How is the carer's personal budget paid?

If you’re eligible for a one-off carer's personal budget, we’ll transfer the money we have agreed into your bank account.  You’ll need to keep receipts of what you have purchased as we may want to check how this money has helped to support you in your caring role.

If you’re eligible for a regular carer's personal budget, we’ll agree a support plan together and how much money that will cost.  You can choose to have this as a managed budget where we hold the money and buy the care for you.  Or, you can have a direct payment which allows you to pay for the services yourself and gives you more choice and control about who you use.

What happens if I’m not eligible for a carer's personal budget?

We’ll explain why you’re not eligible for a carer's personal budget at this time. However, we’ll still provide you with information and advice to support you in your caring role.

You may wish to find out about benefits and financial support for carers and getting help to stay independent.

If you don’t agree with our decision, please discuss this with the worker who made the decision. They will explain the complaints procedure if you're still not happy with the decision.

 

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