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Your support plan

Find out more about your support plan following your assessment.

We want you to be able to get good advice and support when you are planning how to spend your budget. We will talk to you to agree the outcomes you want to achieve. We will give you information and advice about what services are available in your local area. We can then discuss different ways that you can get support and how much it will cost.

The next step is to create a support plan. This will describe how you will use your money to achieve the results you want. You can:

  • Complete it yourself, with or without support.
  • You can get someone else to complete it for you.

Your social care worker can help you develop your support plan. We also have other support planning services who may be able to help you. Your social care support worker will discuss these with you.

Your plan must set out what you want to achieve. These are your outcomes. The plan will tell you how support is arranged and delivered. Choosing services and developing your support must be best value for money. You need to agree your support plan with your social care worker. If you do not have the mental capacity to create your own plan, we need to be satisfied that those who take responsibility for developing it have acted in your best interests.

The plan must include the following: 

  • Your needs identified in your assessment.
  • What is important to you.
  • What you want to achieve - your outcomes.
  • What help you need to achieve your outcomes. This will include support that we have agreed to provide.
  • Your support network.
  • How you will receive and manage your personal budget.
  • If you need help, who will support you to manage your personal budget. 
  • How you intend to spend your personal budget.
  • How you would prepare for any unplanned changes to your support. For example, if someone who provides care to you was suddenly unable to.

We will take into account other sources of funding or support when completing your support plan. This is because you cannot use social care funding to pay for things such as: 

  • NHS-funded care
  • regular household bills
  • needs that are already being met