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Assessment and Education, Health and Care Planning

Personal Budgets and Direct Payments



31 March 2020 - Temporary Changes to the Achieving for Children Direct Payments Scheme (pdf)

As per the FAQ section of the COVID 19 section of the Local Offer (opens a new window) families should email with any outstanding specific questions they feel are not addressed in the guidance.   

Personal Budgets

Families and young people with Special Educational Needs are able to request a Personal Budget. The Personal Budget is comprised of education, health and social care elements and families now have the opportunity to formally request a budget with a view to redistributing funds to better meet the needs of the child or young person.


Kingston Centre for Independent Living (KCIL) provides a Special Educational Needs and Disabilities Brokerage Service across Richmond and Kingston.  KCIL have brokers available to support families to broker their budget and develop a support plan. We will also support with implementation and employment support.

Read David's Journey on the KCIL website (a case study)

Top Up (Element 3) refers to education funding in a mainstream school.  Where a child has special educational needs, the school will receive additional money to meet these needs. Some children will have higher needs normally requiring individualised support and will receive further funding to meet the cost of these needs. It is this element that could be made available as a personal budget.  Funds that are delegated to schools and colleges will not normally be in scope for inclusion in a personal budget, unless the institution has previously agreed to this. Personal budgets must not be used to fund a school place.

​From April 2014 any child or young person receiving NHS funded Continuing Healthcare had the right to ask for a Personal Health Budget, and now has the right to have a Personal Health Budget.  This right to request a Personal Budget was also extended to children and young people with an Education, Health and Social Care Plan or their parents under the Children and Families Bill 2014 (Clause 48) with effect from September 2014.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria for Personal Health Budgets (opens a new window)

Direct Payments are already offered for some Social Care support services.

Find out more about the eligibility criteria for Social Care support services (pdf)

KCIL is inviting feedback about the SEND Brokerage service.

If you are a service user who has asked for general advice and would like to give feedback please:

Feedback on the Survey Monkey site (opens a new window)

If you are a user who has accessed a Personal Budget please: 

Feedback on the Survey Monkey site (opens a new window)

If you have any further questions or wish to apply for a Personal Budget you can contact the SEND Team (opens a new window) or the Personal Budget Broker below.

Helen Green

SEND Support Broker

Kingston Centre for Independent Living

Tel: 020 8481 1441