What is Self-Directed Support?
Self-Directed Support is the way that social care in Cambridgeshire is delivered. It involves identifying and allocating a Personal Budget - an upfront sum of money to meet your needs.
Personal Budgets will be available to all adults who are
assessed as eligible for support from Adult Social Care.
People with substantial and critical needs are eligible for
support, but note there may be a financial contribution required
towards your Personal Budget depending upon your financial
circumstances. There are few constraints on how Personal
Budgets are used as long as it is legal and keeps you safe and
healthy, meets your assessed support needs, and enables you to do
the things you want to do. Recipients have the option to take their
Personal Budget as a Direct Payment.
Self-Directed Support involves allocating an estimated amount of
money, called the "indicative amount" or "estimated budget" to meet
your assessed needs. You should use this estimated amount to plan
the support you need to meet your assessed needs. A friend,
relative, carer or social care worker can help you with your
Assessing your needs and putting you in control of your social care
If you want to know more about planning your support our Support
Planning Guides can help you.
Guide for older people and people with a physical
Planning Guide for people with a learning disability Part 1
Planning Guide for people with a learning disability Part 2
Your social care worker must approve your plan and then you will
be allocated the money for the support you need. This is called
your Personal Budget. It can be paid directly to you as a Direct
Payment, so that you can arrange your own care and support, we can
arrange the support that you have chosen for you, or you can do a
combination of the two.
A Personal Budget gives you the independence
- Choose and control the support that is best for you.
- Be fully involved in decisions about the help you need to live
- Support yourself in ways that suit you.
The film It's all about us! provides some examples of people in
Cambridgeshire who are self-directing their support with a Personal
It's all about
Contributing to your
personal budget leaflet
Once you have made your plan and received your Personal Budget
you should get on and live the life you want to lead. You will have
a review after 12 weeks to check everything is OK. After that, we
will do a review at least once a year to check if your social care
needs have changed.
A Direct Payment is an amount of money for you to arrange and
purchase your care and support yourself. You can choose to take all
of part of your Personal Budget as a Direct Payment. You can use
this to employ individuals, purchase support through an agency or
for other options you decide yourself.
More information about Direct
Independent Living Fund
The Independent Living 1993 Fund is a Trust set up and financed
by central government. Its aim is to support long term, independent
living for severely disabled people by helping them to live at home
instead of in residential care. Further information can be found on
the Independent Living Fund (ILF) website.
The ILF will be closing on 31st March 2015 and funds
will be transferring to Local Authorities. The County Council is
working closely with the Independent Living Fund to make sure the
transfer of responsibility for funding arrangements takes place as
smoothly as possible. The ILF is no longer accepting any new
If you think your social care needs have changed you can request a review by contacting Adult Social Care Enquiries. Contact them from 8.00am to 6.00pm, Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 1.00pm on Saturdays on 0345 045 5202.