About Direct Payments

What is a Direct Payment?
The Direct Payments scheme gives users money directly to pay for their own care, rather than the traditional route of a Local Authority providing care for them.

Social Services have a legal duty to offer and arrange Direct Payments to anyone who is eligible for social care and who meet the Direct Payment assessment criteria.

Direct Payments are seen as making an important contribution to the independence, wellbeing and quality of life of disabled and older people. It can be used to purchase any service or services that meet the person’s assessed care needs.

Anyone who believes they may be entitled to a Direct Payment should contact the Department of Social Care Services at their local council and ask for a care assessment. If you already have a Social Worker or Care Manager you should contact them.

We can help guide you through the process and support you to manage all aspects of your direct payment (personal budget).