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.
- If you would like to be assessed for eligibility to receive care and support, please contact the Adult Social Care Access and Response Team 020 7974 4000 (select option 1).
- For accessible information on direct payments visit Camden Clickstart.
- Camden Council have a Direct Payments Policy and a Guide to Direct Payments. An Easy Read Guide to Direct Payments is also available.
- PSIC (Personalisation in Camden) can help set up and support you with your direct payments. PSIC can be contacted by telephone: 020 7383 4901 and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Read the Frequently Asked Questions for more information about direct payments.
- Read the three case studies of people who are using direct payments.