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.

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.