Support Planning & Individual Budgets

Why Personal Budgets?

Through the recent reforms in services and support for Children and Young People with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities, the Government wants to give people more choice and control over the public services that they receive. One way of achieving this is through Personal Budgets (sometimes also known as Individual Budgets).

What happens

Those who are eligible for a Personal Budget put together an individual Support Plan describing what they want to change in their lives, and how they will use the Personal Budget to achieve those changes.

How it works

This is a new way to spend the money that is available from Essex County Council’s Children’s Social Care services to provide support for children with disabilities. Sometimes funding for specialist health or education needs can also be included in the budget, as part of an Education, Health and Care Plan. This gives families more choice about the way that a child or young person is supported, and who provides the support.

How we can help:

InterAct has been working with Essex County Council and families since 2010 in piloting Personal Budgets. Our Support Planners work alongside families to help them put together the Support Plan.

We want to make more families aware of the options available, and show how things have changed for people who have opted for personal budgets, including how problems have been resolved.

This service is FREE.


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For further details - Please contact Support Planning Services Team on 01245 608359 or by emailing

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