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Supporting People budget protected
The Supporting People budget for local authorities in 2017-18 has been protected at the same level as this year.
- First Minister celebrates the inspiring winners of the 2017 St David Awards
- Welsh Government confirms commitment to £1bn of innovative investment in infrastructure
- Supporting People budget protected
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Section highlightLandfill Disposals Tax Communities Scheme
The scheme will support local community and environmental projects in areas affected by the disposal of waste to landfill.
Final Budget 2017-18 »
The amount of funding allocated to Welsh Government Main Expenditure Groups (MEGs) for 2017-18 is £15bn.Learn more »
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Direct payments for community care
Local authorities pay individuals directly in order for them to purchase their own care.
This enables individuals to purchase the assistance or services that the local authority would otherwise have provided. Direct payments support independent living by enabling individuals to make their own decisions and control their own lives.
Direct payments have gradually been extended to include:
- older people
- parents of disabled children
- disabled adults.
Since 11 April 2011 the scope of direct payments has been extended to include people who lack capacity to give their consent. Also included are people who were formerly excluded because they were subject to mental health or certain criminal justice legislation. People without capacity will now be able to access direct payments via the use of a ‘suitable person’ who will receive payments on their behalf.
Direct payments guidance
Revised statutory guidance to local authorities on how to set up and manage a direct payments scheme was issued in April 2011. Additional guidance was also issued for local authorities on the appointment of a 'suitable person'.
The Community Care, Services for Carers and Children’s Services (Direct Payments) (Wales) Regulations 2011 replace the direct payments regulations made in 2004 and 2006, and the revised guidance replaces that issued in 2004.
There are 2 Regulations relating to direct payments.