Direct Payments for Adult Social Care - an introduction
Who can have a Direct Payment?
- 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:
- employing your own staff (often called Personal Assistants),
- buying support from a care agency or service provider.
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