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A personal budget is a sum of money allocated to you as a result of an assessment of your needs. The amount of money you are awarded is based on your 'eligible needs’, which the local council's policy says it has a duty to support.
There is a choice:
The resource allocation system (RAS) is the most common way to calculate personal budgets. This is a supported self-assessment questionnaire, which can help determine a sum of money intended to cover the cost of care needs.
However, case law supports that in using this method to decide how much funding they provide, councils should not lose sight of the duty to meet assessed eligible needs.
You have substantial needs if you:
After your care needs have been assessed, and if you are eligible for social care support, your council will assess your finances to see if you can contribute to care costs.
This guide was updated for Scope by Advicenow in March 2015. It applies to England only.
It is not meant as a substitute for legal advice.
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