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Personal Budgets and Direct Payments    

People who have been assessed as having eligible needs for social care support within the community from their local council – in this case by Walsall Council, must receive a personal budget.

What is a personal budget?

A personal budget is the amount of money the council has allocated to meet your identified needs and agreed outcomes following a care and support assessment.  

How can you use your Personal Budget?

  • The council can manage your personal budget and choose your care services on your behalf. This is known as a managed account.
  • You can use part or all of your personal budget as a Direct Payment.
  • Alternatively, a combination of both of the above. This is known as a mixed package.

What is a Direct Payment?

Direct payments are monetary payments to help promote independence, choice and control. These payments are made directly to a person (or someone on their behalf) if agreed by Walsall Council.   

Direct payments can be used in a wide range of creative ways as long as it is safe and legal to do so.

A range of information relating to direct payments will be available through the Walsall Community Living Directory.

Information is available by contacting a Direct Payment Support Service who will provide advice, guidance and support on direct payments.  The council have commissioned the organisations below to provide support to direct payment recipients.

PeoplePlus

Ideal for All

Age UK

IBS MA Ltd

Other useful websites:

Skills for Care       

ACAS

GOV UK

Contact us:

Walsall Adult Social Care

3rd Floor, Zone 3D

Civic Centre

Darwall Street

Walsall  WS1 1TP

Telephone: 0300 555 2922

Fax: 01543 372947

SMS txt: 07834 114482

Email: initialintake@walsall.gov.uk