Direct Payments (money to buy your support)

These are cash payments that you can receive instead of having traditional social care services.

Having a Direct Payment allows you to have more control, allowing you to design the support you receive to meet your specific needs and to do so in more innovative and creative ways.

Here are some examples of how you could use your Direct Payment:

• Pay someone (a Personal Assistant) to provide assistance on days and times that suit you.
• You could access activities such as the theatre, swimming pool or a day out somewhere.
• If you or your carer needs a rest you could pay to go on a short holiday.

There are some restrictions to what Direct Payments can be spent on. These will be explained to you if you are eligible.

Support and advice is available through a local organisation called A4e. However, if you would like more information on any of the above please contact us by calling the Adult Social Care Contact Centre on 0800 561 0015 or emailing