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Direct payments


If you're eligible for a personal budget, you can have all or part of it paid to you via direct payments.

This gives you more control on how you're money is spent, rather than have it arranged for you. 


What you can use your direct payment for

You can use your direct payment for:

  • personal care (including employing a personal assistant)
  • day activities
  • respite care
  • support for daily living (keeping your home clean and safe)


Find out if you're eligible

Whilst most people are eligible to receive direct payments, you may not be eligible if you're:

  • on a community order or suspended sentence
  • on a community rehabilitation order
  • an offender released from prison on licence
  • subject to compulsory treatment orders for drug or alcohol dependency
  • above the threshold following a financial assessment 


How to get a direct payment

You should be offered direct payments as an option after your needs assessment.

You can also ask your local council's social services department about direct payments. 


How they can be paid

There are three ways in which the direct payments can be paid:


Personal budgets and direct payments

More information can found about direct payments on the NHS website.

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