Direct Payments

If you have been assessed as being able to have services from us you can receive a Direct Payment. This is a sum of money given to you by us to buy your own care services. Direct Payments are one of the ways to handle a personal Social Care budget. Find out more about personal budgets.

A Direct Payment gives you more choice about the support you need, who will provide it and when.

If you do not wish to receive a Direct Payment to arrange your own care and support the Council will arrange the help for you.

  • Personal Care (including employing a Personal Assistant)

  • Day Activities

  • Respite Care

  • Support for daily living (keeping your home clean and safe)

  • Nursing care

  • Residential care (excess of 4 consecutive weeks)

  • Alcohol, tobacco or drugs

  • Gambling

  • Illegal activities

  • Equipment provided by the NHS

  • Household bills

There are 3 ways of managing a Direct Payment. You can choose which is best for you:

  • Self-managed

  • Nominated person

  • Managed account

For clients who lack mental capacity, that is if they are unable to make decisions for themselves following a Mental Capacity Assessment and Best Interest decision an Authorised Person can manage the direct payment on the Service User’s behalf.

This Authorised Person can have a Managed Account.

  • Direct Payment Card Account (currently unavailable)

  • Direct Payment Bank Account

  • Direct Payment Managed Account

For more information contact: the Adult Early Help Team by:

email: adultearlyhelpteam@buckinghamshire.gov.uk 
telephone: 01296 383 204