Direct Payments for Adult Social Care - an introduction

Direct Payments are a one off or ongoing payment of money from the council to you, or to someone acting on your behalf, to pay for the cost of arranging all or part of your agreed social care. This means that you have more choice and control about the care and support you receive.

Who can have a Direct Payment?

To receive a Direct Payment you need to have been assessed as being eligible for social care and to receive Adult Social Care Funded Support. Direct Payments can be made to:

  • People with long term illness
  • People with mental health needs
  • People with a physical, sensory or learning disability
  • Carers of Adults
  • Adults with parental responsibility for a child with a disability

Using your Direct Payment

Direct payments are a good way to be creative and flexible when managing the care and support that you need. How you use your Direct Payment must be based on what has been agreed in your care and support plan, which will be developed with you based on your situation and your preferences. It cannot legally be used for housing or health services, and normally can't be used to pay a close family member living in the same household or to buy Council services. The ways in which Direct Payments can be spent can include:

You can have help to organise your support and, if necessary, to make payments on your behalf. If someone doesn't have the mental capacity to request or manage a Direct Payment, it is possible for an “Authorised Person" to request this and take on responsibility for the Direct Payment. There is a lot of information and help and you can use as little or as much as suits you, this is described in more detail in  help to manage your Direct Payment,

Your Direct Payment Agreement

Everyone who has a Direct Payment signs an agreement with the Council which sets out how it works, your responsibilities and how the Council will support you. If you have any difficulties you can ask for help and we will always try to sort the problem out with you, also, when you have your review  we will check that having a Direct Payment is working well for you and how you are managing the money that you have been given.

Last Updated: 8 March 2020