A direct payment is a payment of money from the council to either the person needing care and support, or to someone acting on their behalf, to pay for the cost of arranging all or part of their own support.
The council may make a direct payment instead of arranging or providing any services itself.
This ensures the adult can take full control over their own care.
If you don’t think you’ll be able to manage, you can always nominate someone else to manage your payments for you.
You do not have to do this and you may ask the council to arrange the support for you.
Who is eligible?
Anybody who has been assessed as needing help from social care has a right to be considered for direct payments. These people include:
- older people
- parents of a child with a disability
- people with a disability aged 16 and over
- people with mental health needs
- people with learning disabilities
If there is a reason we can’t offer you direct payments, we’ll tell you.
How is the amount I receive calculated?
If your assessment means you have to pay a contribution towards your care costs, the amount of money you receive will depend on the level of support you need.
It will not differ if you decide to choose direct payments.
Direct payments are not treated as income, so are not taxable. For this reason they do not affect any benefits you may receive.
How can I find out more?
For further information about direct payments, please contact us or visit the Department of Health website.