We asked the question: Does anyone receive a Carers’ Personal Budget? Below are a few of the comments received…
‘Personal Budget for carers?‘ ‘Do you mean Direct Payments? ‘We get a Carers Grant.’ ‘Never heard of it’ ‘They have stopped doing those.’ ‘Our LA don’t do them.’ ‘You get one every three years.’ We get one every year. ‘Every carer can have one.’ ‘You have to meet the criteria.’ ‘It is different everywhere.’ ‘You can spend it on anything’ ‘We had to use ours for education’
Clearly a lot of confusion around this issue, and with seemingly different systems in place in different areas. Rather odd given that the eligibility criteria is standard across the nation. Perhaps the confusion arises due to differences within the interpretation of the guidelines.
Please share your own experience of receiving (or not) a personal budget following a carer assessment. Any information shared with us will be used to write a fuller report on Carers Personal Budgets to be published in a later edition of our newsletter.
National Guidelines for Carers’ Personal Budgets
According to the national guidelines, a carer is entitled to support from the council if they meet all 3 of the following criteria:
1. The carer’s need for support arises because they are providing necessary care and support for another adult – for example, help with eating/drinking, meals preparation, personal care, toileting, dressing, getting up and about, and cleaning
2. The carer cannot achieve one or more of the outcomes listed below:
- Carry on caring for a child.
- Continue to provide care to persons for whom the carer provides care – for example, their children.
- Maintain a habitable home environment in the carer’s home, whether or not this is also the home of the adult needing care.
- Manage and maintain nutrition.
- Maintain family/personal relationships.
- Engage in work, training, volunteering, and education.
- Use facilities or services in the local communities – for example, leisure centres, community groups.
- Engage in recreational activities.
3. As a result of not being able to achieve one or more outcome, there is likely to be a significant effect on the carer’s own wellbeing.