• What is a Direct Payment?

    A Direct Payment is a way you can take control of the money provided by the council to meet your assessed care needs.  This direct payment forms Option 1 of Self Directed Support and can be used to either engage a Care Provider or to employ your person …

  • Are Direct Payments benefits?

    A Direct Payment is not a benefit. It is the council’s money even when it is in your Direct Payment bank account. This means it does not affect your entitlement to any other benefit you receive. There are rules about what you can spend a Direct Payment …

  • Am I eligible to receive a Direct Payment?

    If you have a disability, long-term illness or are a parent or carer of a child with a disability you may be eligible for a social care service. You can apply to have Direct Payments so that you can choose how to get that service. Social services use e …

  • Are Direct Payments means-tested?

    Yes, your finances will be assessed by the council and you may need to pay a contribution towards the cost of your care. If the Direct Payment is for someone under the age of 18 years there is no contribution.

  • What if I can’t manage a Direct Payment myself?

    Social services can appoint a suitable person to manage your Direct Payment for you. This is usually a family member or friend.

  • What can I spend my Direct Payment on?

    Your Direct payment can only be used to meet your assessed need. This can be achieved by either employing one or more personal assistants (PAs) of your choice. or by contracting with a Care Provider or a mixture of both. Sometimes the council will agre …

  • What can’t I spend my Direct Payment on?

    Buying services from your local authority.  (It may be possible to buy from a neighbouring authority) Buying services that you can get free of charge from the NHS. Buying things you have not been assessed as needing. Buying a long term placement in a r …