What are Direct Payments?
Direct Payments is a popular way for people to receive support from their Local Authority for their assessed care needs. Direct Payments are a means of increasing the choice and control you have over the support you need in your life.
Traditionally, disabled people have received services which have been arranged for them by the County Council. This support has either been provided by staff employed by the Council, or by staff employed by a private care agency who have been contracted to do the work by the County Council. This arrangement has meant that you have limited control over that assistance.
With Direct Payments, instead of receiving a direct service, you receive an agreed amount of money, which you then use to arrange the support you need. This is usually done by employing your own staff or Personal Assistants. You may also be able to purchase services from a self-employed person or care agency.
To be eligible to receive Direct Payments, you must fulfil all the following criteria.
- be a person with a disability (this includes people with physical or sensory impairments, learning disabilities, mental health needs or HIV/AIDS)
- be assessed as needing a community care service by your local authority ?
- be able to manage the Direct Payments yourself, with support and guidance if necessary
Your local authority may not be able to provide you with all the support that you feel you need because they have eligibility criteria and some of the things you need may not fall within this. However, they will be able to advise you of other services or contact your local PeoplePlus office and we will be able to help you.