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Direct Payments

What are Direct Payments?

Direct Payments are a different way of arranging the support you need when you need it.  Instead of receiving a service from the council, a direct payment is money the Council can give you to buy support.

Why choose a Direct Payment?

Direct payments give you flexibility and control over your own life. You are able to choose what services you use, when you need them, and who you are getting them from.

What support can I buy with a Direct Payment?

Support will mean different things to different people. Your support plan will be completed following a conversation with a Social Care worker who will discuss how your support needs can be met. Here are some examples of how you could use a direct payment:

  • To get support from a place or team of people within your local community – this could be a day centre, a community team, or organisations where you live
  • To get support with personal tasks like washing and dressing. This might include employing a Personal Assistant to support you to maintain your independence
  • To get support to live in your own home and carry out tasks like cooking, cleaning, and managing your money
  • To purchase equipment such as specialist sensory aids
  • To get out and about, such as driving to see friends, pursuing hobbies, attending events within the community or going on holiday
  • To get support with parenting duties, such as enabling you to take your children to school 

Where can I get more information on receiving a Direct Payment?

Click here for more information on how to get in touch to discuss a direct payment.

Last reviewed: 16/05/2019

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