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Direct Payment Scheme

Direct Payment Scheme allows you to organise your care services yourself rather than have the council do this for you.

Direct Payments are a  personal budget with regular payment made to people with care needs or to a named person.

What are the benefits of Direct Payments?

This scheme allows people who receive care to take greater control over the support they receive by paying for their services directly.

There are a number of benefits if you choose to use the scheme:
  • You are more involved in   the decisions that affect your life. 
  • Day-to-day control of th​e money and provision of your care is given to you. 
  • More flexibility and choice, enabling you to purchase care that is better suited to your individual needs. 
  • You make arrangements directly so that any staff you employ report to you. 
  • You organise the timetable for your care. 
  • You can receive care in your home from an independent care provider of your choice.  

What help and support will I have?

You can have as much help as you need in order to manage your care and to manage the money provided by the council to pay for your care.

We work closely with our direct payments support provider, to ensure you have the information and help you need to manage your Direct Payments.

Their support means you do not have to worry about things like tax, NI or sick pay. They will make the arrangements, including any Disclosure Barring Service (DBS)​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Link opens in a new window ​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ checks on anyone you are thinking of employing.

Our direct payments support provider will offer you a free managed banking service to deal with your payments for you.

How much money will I receive?

How much you will receive is based on the number of hours of support you are assessed as needing.

This will take into account any amount that you would be required to contribute yourself for receiving a service.

Are Direct Payments right for me?

If you choose the Direct Payment Scheme, you are responsible for arranging the services you need and solving any problems you might have with the service as well as accounting for the way you use the money. You will have the legal responsibilities as an employer towards the staff you hire.

What if I change my mind?

You can opt out of the scheme at any time and go back having your care arranged by the Council.