Personal Budgets

Parents, carers and young people have the right to request a personal budget during the Annual Review process.

A personal budget gives families greater choice and control of provision within an EHC plan.

A personal budget for educational provision cannot cover payment for a place at the school or college. A personal budget can include any top-up funding (known as element 3 funding)

It can include support that is managed by the school or college but only if the Head teacher or Principal agrees.

You can find out more about what can be included in a personal budget in sections 9.110 to 9.118 of the SEND Code of Practice 2015. If you are considering a personal budget talk to the SEND Service.

Sometimes the local authority or health authority may not agree to a personal budget. If the local authority refuses a personal budget for special educational provision, it must tell you why. You cannot appeal to the SEND Tribunal about this refusal.