What are Direct Payments?

Direct Payments are cash payments made to individuals who have been assessed as needing help from Social Services. The money is provided so that the individual can arrange services or support for themselves instead of having services provided or arranged by Social Services. The Government recognises that most people prefer to live independently in their own homes and Direct Payments are a good way to help support them to do so.

The aim of a Direct Payment is to give more flexibility in how services are provided to many individuals who are assessed eligible for Social Services support. By giving individuals money in lieu of social care services people have greater choice and control over their lives, and are able to make their own decisions about how their care is delivered.

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