Direct payments

  1. Direct payments for care services
  2. How direct payments must be used (You are here)
  3. How we assess your needs
  4. Your responsibilities
  5. If you employ assistants
  6. Get help with managing direct payments
  7. Get help with paying assistants

How direct payments must be used

Direct payments must be only be used to to pay for the care services which meet your assessed needs.

The following are some examples of how people have used direct payments to meet their needs:

  • Employing a personal assistant to support and help with everyday living skills 
  • An agreement with a care agency to purchase help with personal care 
  • To buy a piece of equipment
  • Support to access the local community, such as leisure and social activities 
  • Help with caring, such as respite care and taking a break from caring
  • Assistance to access further education and employment opportunities

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