Social Care: Care and support planning
If you are entitled to social care, you can plan what care and support you will get from your local authority (LA). This is called ‘care and support planning’. This section explains how you can plan your care, who is involved and when you have to pay for services.
- If you have eligible needs you will get a care and support plan.
- Your care and support plan will show how your local authority will meet your needs.
- If your carer can get support, you can have a joint care and support plan with your carer.
- You can combine your care plan from your mental health team with your care plan from the local authority.
- You will get a personal budget which says how much your care and support will cost.
- You can ask the LA to give you the money to pay for services yourself. These are called direct payments.
- The local authority has to support you if you move to another area.
- You may have to pay for your care and support. But any care or support you get under section 117 of the Mental Health Act will be free.
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The ‘local authority’ or ‘LA’ is the organisation which manages public services in your area. Your local authority is responsible for social services. You may hear your local authority being called the ‘local council’ or ‘council’. Local authority will be shortened to LA in this factsheet.
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