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Personal Budgets & Direct Payments

Personal Budgets

A personal budget is an amount of money or resource that is allocated to meet the outcomes agreed in your child or young person’s Support Plan or Education, Health and Care Plan (EHC plan), if they cannot be met by the services already available through the Local Offer.

There is not a new pot of money for Personal Budgets, so if you or your child already receives a service, you won’t get both the support you get now and a Personal Budget. It means that some of the service you already receive will be changed into a Personal Budget.

Personal budgets do not represent the total sum of money to support your child or young person as most of the services received by your child are part of the Local Offer.

Not every service is available as a Personal Budget as many of the services provided are part of our Local Offer. You can find out from the Local Offer the services currently available in Royal Greenwich.

We are continuously working to increase the range of services available in our Local Offer. This page will be regularly updated with the most up-to-date information.

A personal budget can be for education, health or social care but there are restrictions on what is available through a personal budget and how it can be spent.

You can find out more about Personal Budgets on the links to the right.


Direct Payments

Direct Payments are payments made as an alternative to services provided directly by the Local Authority. With Direct Payments, you are responsible for arranging services to meet the assessed needs of your child and yourself. You pay for those services with the money provided as a Direct Payment. This allows you to choose who provides care or support for you or your child, when that support is provided and in what form it is delivered.

Direct Payments are not considered as income when you are assessed for welfare benefits. Direct Payments will therefore be ignored in the calculation of income related welfare benefits. The Inland Revenue will not regard Direct Payments as forming part of your taxable income.

What are the benefits of Direct Payments for me?

Direct Payments allow you to have more control and choice about how you receive services. You can organize your support to be delivered in the ways you want and at the times you choose. This can include employing a Personal Assistant (PA) or accessing suitable activities in the local area. 

What is the difference between Direct Payments and a Personal Budget?

A personal budget is an amount of money or resources that is available to meet the need of your child to meet the outcomes or goals agreed in the plan. You can then choose to have the personal budget as a direct payment or provided directly by RBG.

More information can be found in Direct Payments - A guide for Parents and Carers (April 2016) to the right of this page. 

Please see info below regarding drop-in sessions held by children services for support with your personal budget and direct payments. 

Children’s Services Direct Payments Drop Ins

New dates for 2022

DP Advice Drop in - last Friday of each month. All service users, parents/carers and professionals welcome to attend.

 


Friday 25/03/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic: Direct Payments Advice Drop In

Time:  2:00 PM -3.30PM                    Date:  March 25th, 2022.

Join by clicking on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4529156559

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 452 915 6559

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240

 


Friday 29/04/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic: Direct Payments Advice Drop In

Time:  2:00 PM -3.30PM                    Date:  April 29th, 2022.

Join by clicking on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4529156559

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 452 915 6559

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240

 


Friday 27/05/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic: Direct Payments Advice Drop In

Time:  2:00 PM -3.30PM                    Date:  May 27th, 2022.

Join by clicking on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4529156559

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 452 915 6559

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240

 


Friday 24/06/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic: Direct Payments Advice Drop In

Time:  2:00 PM -3.30PM                    Date:  June 24th, 2022.

Join by clicking on this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/4529156559

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 452 915 6559

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240

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We organise drop in sessions for all the families that are receiving direct payments as support for their children.

The drop in sessions are to give you the opportunity to get information and enable us to better assist parents, guardians and carers when it comes to monitoring and managing your direct payment account.

Sessions will be held on Mondays every other week.

Please contact Stella Palermo on 02089214508 for any queries, questions you may have or to confirm dates and times of future drop in sessions. 

Direct Payment Co-Production Steering Group

Direct Payment Co-Production Steering Group - 2nd Friday of each month

All service users, parents/carers and professionals welcome to attend.

 

Friday 11/02/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic: Direct Payment Co-production Steering Group

Time:  02:00 PM-3.30PM                                   Date:   February 11th 2022

Click this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82623913899?pwd=WWVHQnFmWDd4NWJFNHVNdHBwQXpYQT09

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 826 2391 3899 and Passcode: 517321

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID and Passcode above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240


Friday 11/03/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic:  Direct Payment Co-production Steering Group

Time:   02:00 PM-3.30PM                                  Date:   March 11th 2022    

Click this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81216919365?pwd=RzMrc0RDY1dtNk1MTTB6UjJEM2w1Zz09  

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 812 1691 9365 and Passcode: 265879

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID and Passcode above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240


Friday 08/04/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic:  Direct Payment Co-production Steering Group

Time:   02:00 PM-3.30PM                                  Date:   April 8th  2022        

Click this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84028374914?pwd=TFVaL0JZVytISlc4dVdRMTBhSGdiZz09

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 840 2837 4914 and Passcode:  633097

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID and Passcode above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240


Friday 13/05/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic:  Direct Payment Co-production Steering Group

Time:   02:00 PM-3.30PM                                  Date:   May 13th  2022       

Click this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84614629617?pwd=cU9pSWF0bjRnc0gyOWlBZGdUZVp0dz09

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 846 1462 9617 and Passcode:  411631

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID and Passcode above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240


Friday 10/06/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic:  Direct Payment Co-production Steering Group

Time:   02:00 PM-3.30PM                                  Date:   June 10th  2022     

Click this link to join: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82762389980?pwd=WHNlV08ycUVnbkVyMzNqNllsNzUrUT09

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 827 6238 9980 and Passcode:  611964

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID and Passcode above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240


Friday 08/07/2022 2-3.30pm

Topic:  Direct Payment Co-production Steering Group

Time:   02:00 PM-3.30PM                                  Date:   July 8th  2022         

Click this link to join:  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88141025712?pwd=M0wvRm1mTDh6a0wrYWxMZXRFU0o4UT09 

Or go to www.zoom.us and enter the Meeting ID: 881 4102 5712 and Passcode:  491694

You can dial in on a phone if you wish on the numbers below.

You will need to give the Meeting ID and Passcode above.

0131 460 1196                     0203 481 5237                     0203 481 5240