This factsheet is relevant to you if you have had a care needs assessment, qualify for council support and social services are arranging your care.

Your personal budget is the amount of money that the council has calculated is needed to meet your social care needs. Direct payments are one way of receiving this personal budget, so you can arrange your own social care support.

Some of the information in this factsheet may have changed as a result of the coronavirus emergency. For the latest information, please check our changes to services page.

If you are receiving direct payments to pay for and arrange your care, there is government guidance available to help you stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic.