Direct payments

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If you or someone you care for has been assessed by Adult Social Care as being eligible for certain care and support you may have been offered a personal budget.  Direct payments are one way you can manage your personal budget

Direct payments are a cash amount based on what is your agreed personal budget so that you can arrange and pay for social care support instead of the council arranging services for you. You can only receive direct payments once you have had a care assessment and Adult Social Care agrees you are eligible for certain care services.

 You can use direct payments to:

  • Employ your own staff to help with your personal care needs and running your home
  • Buy services from a social care provider
  • Maintain your relationships and social activities
  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • Buy equipment for your home to enable you to live healthily and independently.


Managing your direct payments (monitoring the payments you're making)

If you choose to receive your personal budget as direct payments, you will need to keep a record of how you have used them.  Find out about the ways direct payments can be managed.

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