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Self directed support

Increasingly, people are able to choose how their support is provided to them by having control over the individual budget spent on their support.

If you are eligible for an individual or personal budget, it can be:

  • taken as a Direct Payment (a cash payment with which you pay for services directly)
  • allocated to the provider the individual chooses (such as LinkLiving) This is sometimes called an individual service fund, where the council or funder, holds the budget, but the person is in charge of how it is spent
  • used by a local authority to arrange a service for the individual
  • or the individual can choose a mix of these options.

Further information

Further information on self directed support can be found at: