Personal budgets and direct payments
There are personal budgets and direct payments available for young people and children in Shropshire aged 0-25 with an education, health and care plan (EHC plan).
A Personal Budget or direct payment is an amount of money to deliver some, or all of, the provision set out in a child or young person’s education, health and care (EHC) plan, Social Care Plan or a Personal Health Budget, to help them meet specific outcomes.
In certain circumstances, a personal budget or direct payment may extend choice, control and independence for some parents or young people. It can build on the personalisation that is an essential part of the assessment and planning process for all children and young people with SEND.
Disabled Children and those with long term and life-limiting health conditions may also be eligible for health care budgets.
There is more than one source of personal budget or direct payment and these are managed by different teams within Shropshire Local Authority and Shropshire Community Health NHS Trust. These are detailed below.