Personal Budgets

Personal Budgets are designed to give people more choice and control over the support and provision they receive.

The personal budgets approach has developed over time and is embedded in a number of pieces of legislation across social care, health and education.

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The Special Educational Needs and Disability (SEND) Code of Practice 2014 states that education, health and social care partners should set out a local policy for personal budgets.  Please read the personal budget policy for Cornwall.

It sets out information about personal budgets for children and young people in Cornwall for whom the local authority maintains an education, health and care (EHC) plan.

It is recognised by Cornwall Council and NHS Kernow that personal budgets are an area of the SEND reforms that continues to be developed, both locally and nationally. Clear arrangements for personal budgets, for children and young people with an EHC plan, are currently being established and these will be built on further in the future.

Education, health and social care all use criteria to determine whether someone is eligible to receive additional resources and whether these resources can be allocated in the form of a personal budget.

Any personal budget allocated will be highly individualised and clearly linked to the needs, provision and outcomes in the individual's Education, Health and Care plan. 

If a child / young person has an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan they or their parents can request a Personal Budget Statement. This statement sets out the additional funding available for the provision identified in the EHC plan. It gives clarity to the family about how much additional funding has been allocated and if any of this is available as a direct cash payment. The Personal Budget Statement has been developed with partners in response to the Children and Families Act. It is separate from the EHC plan and is not a statutory document.