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Personal budgets (Education)

What is a personal budget? 

A personal budget is an amount of money agreed by the council to deliver the support required for a child or young person as described in an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan where a parent or young person is involved in organising the support.   

This is usually support that is not available from the educational setting or support services already available in the local authority, but that has been identified as part of the assessments used to create the EHCP.   

The personal budget will support a young person in achieving a particular outcome in the EHCP that cannot be delivered by the existing services within education, health and social care.  The funding can be provided by education, health or social care depending on the area of need that is requiring support. 

Section J of the EHCP contains information about the Personal Budget. 

Please note, any request for a personal budget through an EHC Plan will be considered in relation to the full information within the Children & Families Act 2014, associated regulations about personal budgets and the SEND Code of Practice 2014. 

Kirklees Personal Budget policy (opens a PDF in new window)

Kirklees Specialist Provision Equipment Budget
Protocol (opens a PDF in new window)

These types of personal budgets are only available to children and young people who have an EHCP. 

The child’s parent/carer or young person themselves can request a personal budget in two ways: 

  1. When the EHCP is first created. 
  2. At an EHCP review (which happens at least every year) 
  • Direct Payments where individuals receive the money to purchase and manage services themselves 
  • An arrangement where the council, school or college holds the funds and commissions the support specified in the plan (these are sometimes called notional budgets) 
  • Third party arrangements where money is paid to a third party individual or organisation and managed on behalf of the child’s parents or the young person. 
  • A combination of the above. 

Amongst other things a personal budget agreed through an EHC Plan could include:- 

  • Adding to existing learning support; 
  • Something delivered specifically for the individual child or young person and/or to fund specialist input; 
  • Work experience or work-based learning opportunities; 
  • Add to the technology available to promote a child or young person’s individual learning style. 

Last updated: 29/09/2020

Useful links

What are EHCP's

How to get an EHCP