A Direct Payment is an alternative way of receiving a service from the Social Services.
Instead of a service being arranged for you, you will receive a cash payment. You can then use this money to arrange your own support, giving you more choice, control and flexibility over how your needs are met.
A Direct Payment can be paid to the following groups of people, following an assessment of need by a case manager:
- People with a Physical Impairment
- People with a Sensory Impairment
- People with a Learning Disability
- People with Mental Ill Health
- People with parental responsibility for a disabled child
- Children with a Disability aged 16 or 17 years old
- Carers (Including Young Carers aged 16 or 17 years old)
You can use Direct Payments in many different ways. Most people choose to employ a Personal Assistant (PA) however this is not the only way they can be used. You might decide to contract privately with an agency, or even a mixture of the two.
Direct Payments can also be used to purchase long-term residential care or nursing care. You can't use Direct Payments to pay for Council-funded services (such as certain day centres).
Comments from people already receiving a Direct Payment
"is gaining confidence to plan ahead and try out new things. It has greatly improved his quality of life"
"I am more than satisfied - I have all the support I need"
"For us, everything has worked out well with the aid of our Independent Living Adviser"
"Recent use of a care agency due to sickness of Personal Assistant makes me appreciate the Direct Payments system and the freedom to employ my own staff"
Direct Payments Development Officer
Dewis Centre for Independent Living
If you do not have a social worker, you should contact Contact OneVale, they will arrange for an assessment to take place. An assessment must take place before Direct Payments can be paid.