We provide you with money for the care we've agreed together. You then shop for people to provide these services and pay them with the funding from us.
This way of managing your support gives you more say in what care you get, who supplies it and when.
All services must be safe, legal and meet your care and support needs. You will get the same sum of money whether you choose this way to arrange and pay for your care as you would if we were to handle it all for you.
Who are direct payments for?
Most people who qualify for social care can choose to set up a direct payment. This includes:
disabled people over the age of 16
people with physical and/or sensory disabilities
people with learning disabilities
people with mental health issues
a person with parental responsibility for a disabled child aged under 16 including parents and people with legal parental responsibility and who are not necessarily the child's parents
carers who are over the age of 16 and have been assessed as needing services to support them in their caring roles and to maintain their own health and wellbeing
A person lacking mental capacity to consent to a direct payment can have a representative to manage it for them.
Is a direct payment for me?
A direct payment arrangement will give you more say in who provides your care and support and when they deliver it.
You can only buy services that are safe, legal and meet your needs.
What can I use a direct payment for?
for personal care to keep you safe, healthy and comfortable
to help you take up opportunities to help you get a job or improve your wellbeing
to help you connect with your local community
to buy care and support services from a business or to directly employ someone to help you, known as a personal assistant
to employ someone to give additional support if you have parental responsibility for a disabled child