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Personal budgets

A personal budget is an amount of funding available to you from Hull Adult Social Care. It is used to provide you with the care and support you need to help you live your life.

Anyone aged 18 or over who is eligible for social care support will have a personal budget. You can use the money to buy services from the council, from other providers, or a mixture of both.

You can decide to leave your personal budget with Hull Adult Social Care for them to manage on your behalf. If you choose this option, then your support worker arranges the support you need.

You may decide to take it as a direct payment that you manage so you can arrange your own support. Whatever you decide, you can change your mind at any time and change how your budget is managed.

If you manage some, or the entire budget yourself, you are paid the personal budget into your bank account. This is called a direct payment.

Access our direct payments page for more information about direct payments

How to apply for a personal budget

First, you will have an assessment to see what support you need. Your personal budget will be worked out based on how much money you need to meet those needs.

You will then need to have a financial assessment to work out how much you can pay towards this and how much you need from Hull City Council. You will be asked to give information about your benefits and any savings you may have.

You may be asked to make a financial contribution towards the cost of your support. This depends on the outcome of your financial assessment.

We recommend that you check the information on the financial assessments page before applying.

Access our financial assessments page

Your support plan

If you are eligible for a personal budget, then you need a support plan. The support plan details how your personal budget is used to support you. Hull Adult Social Care work with you to develop your support plan.

You are in charge of making the decisions about your care, with support from Hull Adult Social Care. They listen to you and provide information that you need to help you make informed choices about your care.

Your support plan is an important document which sets out Hull City Council’s responsibilities. It also lets you know how they will act and what they will do in order to support you.

It is important that you are in agreement with your support plan. You and the person who cares for you are involved when the support plan is drawn up.

What to do if your needs change

Hull Adult Social Care arrange a meeting to make sure that your support plan continues to meet your needs.

The first review usually takes place a few weeks after you start receiving support. The review meeting gives Hull Adult Social Care the opportunity to check your support is working as planned. Further reviews around your care and support are arranged. These usually take place once a year but can be more frequent if they are needed.

If your condition or circumstances changes we may reassess your needs and the amount of help you require.

If you disagree with your support plan

If you do not agree with your support plan, you should discuss this first with the person who assessed your needs.

If you are still not happy, you can ask for a reassessment. You can do this by letter, telephone or in person.

Hull Adult Social Care always make decisions that are fair based on their guidelines on who qualifies for support.

You can contact Hull City Council - Adult Social Care by -

Alternatively, you can visit The Wilson Centre - 

The Wilson Centre CSC
Hull City Council
Alfred Gelder Street

Last reviewed: 04/02/2018