Direct payments are ideal if you would like to take control of your support service instead of having it arranged for you.
You can only apply if you have been assessed by Adult Social Care as needing care and support services.
Direct payments can be made to –
- disabled people aged 16 or over (with short or long term needs)
- disabled parents for children’s services
- carers aged 16 or over (including people with parental responsibility for a disabled child)
- elderly people who need community care services
You can choose to take all, or part of your personal budget to manage for yourself. This gives you the opportunity to arrange your own care and support.
The money you choose to use from your personal budget is called a direct payment.
Direct payments give you a greater choice and control over your life. You decide who is going to give the support you.
You can use your direct payment however you wish, as long as it achieves the outcomes agreed in your support plan and helps you to live independently and safely.
Your support worker agrees how your direct payments are meeting your needs in your support plan.
If you are not sure if you are eligible for and care and support, you can find out more information on the Council website (opens in a new window).