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Direct payments

Local authorities can fund individuals in order for them to purchase their own care.

Direct Payments give people greater choice, and control of their lives. Theycan choose what, how and when support is provided, and who provides it.

If you have an eligible need for care and support (or support if you are a carer) direct payments can be used as an alternative to, or alongside services commissioned by your local authority.   

The provision of direct payments will be discussed with you during your assessment conversation where  people are supported to identify what's important to them, what they want to achieve, and what's needed to make that happen.

If you choose not to receive direct payments but change your mind at a later date, contact your local authority.

People who lack capacity to make their own decisions (for the purpose of the Mental Health Act 2005) are able to access direct payments by appointing a ‘suitable person’ who will receive and manage the payments on their behalf.   

Direct payments can also be managed by a person of choice if you prefer not to do so yourself.  If employing a Personal Assistant you can get support with your employment duties.