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What are personal budgets for EHCPs? | Birmingham City Council

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What are personal budgets for EHCPs?

A personal budget is an amount of money identified by the local authority to deliver all or some of the provision set out in an Education, Health Care Plan (EHCP). 

All families with an approved Education, Health and Care Plan will have a legal right to request a personal budget, if they choose.

Parents or carers of a child or young person with a disability or special educational need (SEN) may be entitled to a personal budget following a referral and assessment.

Personal budgets will give parents and carers the option of buying some or all of the services that have been identified for their child. The idea is that if people themselves have more control over the resources available to them, they may find solutions and support that work best for them.

Criteria for a personal budget

Personal budget and top up funding may be available if the criteria has been met by the child or young person with a disability or special educational need.

Who can request a personal budget?

Personal budgets are optional for young people and parents but the council has a duty to prepare a personal budget when a request is received from a child's parent or young person, and it has been confirmed that an Education Health Care Plan will be prepared.

Personal budgets can also be requested during statutory review of an existing Education Health Care Plan.

More information can be found in the personal budget policy