Personal spending budgets for families of disabled youngsters in Lincolnshire
Families of disabled young people will be able to shop around for support services when a new funding system is introduced.
Parents and carers of more than 3,000 people under the age of 25 will soon have the option of claiming personal budgets.
They will be able to use the cash to buy services such as language therapy, one-to-one teaching assistance or fitness sessions.
The amount of money will be based on an assessment of the young person's needs by Lincolnshire County Council.
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The budgets will replace services provided directly by the council.
The personal budgets system is being rolled out across adult services in Lincolnshire, but it will not be compulsory for young people.
Parents of either physical or learning disabled children will have the option of a personal budget to control how they spend their money across the wider remit of education, social care and health.
It is an up-front amount of funding allocated by the council to meet the assessed support needs of a child.
Politicians say a personal budget is used to buy the services and support to meet their specific requirements and to live a more independent life.
Spokesman for Lincolnshire County Council, John Giblin, said: "If parents need extra support or services for their child then the council has provided that extra service or support - for example an extra teaching assistant.
"Under personal budgets, the government is proposing to give parents the budget to decide how they want to buy and what they want to buy in terms of services for their children."
David Watson, adult social care campaigner, said: "Personal budgets are simply not a good idea.
"Even now carers of some adults don't know how much money they are actually going to receive. So why does the council think it will work with children?
"These personal budgets are not going to meet the costs of the alternative."
Ed Moody, 66, cares for his 31-year-old son Rob in Metheringham, for whom he has received a personal budget. He said: "I think personal budgets for children are a very good idea.
"Looking after a disabled child can be a very costly thing to do and parents need as much support as they can get.
"But it must be obvious the children are benefiting from the money and not just the parents."