Direct payments

Direct payments for care services

Direct payments are a way of letting you have more choice and control over your day-to-day life through flexible care arrangements.

Instead of the council providing your care services, the money is given to you so you can buy the care you need and choose the kind of support that is right for you.

People who get direct payments are usually people who are:

  • Over 65 years old
  • Disabled between the ages of 16 and 65, including those with mental health issues, HIV, or a learning disability
  • Carers aged 16 and over
  • Parents or guardians of disabled children

Direct payments are not compulsory. It’s your choice if you want to receive them or continue getting your care services from the Council.

To get direct payments you will need to request an assessment to determine whether you are eligible.

Make a care assessment enquiry