A personal budget is money that a local authority allocates to a person who needs care and support. These needs must be assessed by the local authority to see whether the person is eligible for support. Some people with dementia may be eligible. The money can be spent in many ways to meet the person's needs. This section looks at what a personal budget is, who can receive one, how a personal budget can be used, and how it is managed (including the direct payments option).
Personal budgets are used in England. In Wales and Northern Ireland there are different systems in place. However, while most of the information applies to England only, the information on direct payments (a means of receiving an allocation of money) is relevant not only in England, but also in Wales.
For specific information on direct payments in Wales see the wales.gov.uk website.