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7. Setting and agreeing a personal budget

It is for the local authority to determine how it calculates the level of personal budget and this should be done as a provisional figure in the first instance. The provisional figure will be calculated by estimating the amount of activity or service required and the relevant unit costs involved. This process also applies for the health component of the personal budget.

The final budget will be agreed by a resources panel made up of staff from the council 0 – 25 team, who will agree the resources required to meet the agreed outcomes in the EHC plan.  Budgets may be agreed to meet outcomes for set periods of time.

If the parent/young person disagrees with the personal budget allocation or the decision on the way in which the budget may be used, appeal will be through the complaints process.