Newcastle City Council has introduced a new way of providing adult social care to people in the city. This new way of working is called Self Directed Support.
Self Directed Support is about making sure your needs are met in a way that best suits you. It puts people who need social care services in control of their lives and the support they receive.
We’ll work with you to identify what needs you have, and if you are eligible for help from the council, we will give you an amount of money called a Personal Budget. Having a Personal Budget gives you the flexibility to buy the support and services that best suit you. You can use this budget in lots of different ways, provided it meets your needs, is legal and is safe. You can have your Personal Budget as a cash payment, which we call a Direct Payment. You can still ask the council to arrange services for you if you wish.
This information explains what Self Directed Support is and how to get started.
All adults who are eligible for social care support will have a Personal Budget to meet their support needs. Find out more information about how we decide if someone is eligible.
There are different stages in Self Directed Support. Click on the links below to find out more about each stage.
You may choose to use your personal budget to buy support from a Personal Assistant. Find out more about Personal Assistants.
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Page last updated: 9 May, 2012