Direct payments

Adult Social Care Services want to help people live independently with more choice and control over the care and support they need. Everyone eligible to receive social care support, will get clear information about the cost of their care and will be helped to make decisions about how they spend that money; this is called ‘self-directed support’. Direct payments is one way in which self directed support can help you to take charge of how you get the help you need.

Promoting wellbeing is not always about the council meeting needs directly. It is just as important for us to provide people with the information they need to take control of their care and support and choose the options that are right for them.

What are direct payments?

Direct payments are payments made to you by the council to buy the support you need, instead of the council arranging these for you.