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