How to get a Direct Payment
By giving service users money in place of social care services, people have a greater choice and control over their lives, and are able to make their own decisions over how their care is delivered.
Below is a summary of the steps for setting up a direct payment.
- Step 1: Eligible care needs
- Step 2: Support plan
- Step 3: Personal budgets
- Step 4: Signing the direct payment agreement
- Step 5: Reviews of your direct payment
To determine if you are entitled to receive a direct payment, social services complete an assessment to confirm whether you have eligible needs (whether you are entitled to help from the council). You have the right to an assessment no matter what your ability is to pay for the care you may need.
Client financial contribution
A financial assessment will be undertaken to determine whether you need to make a financial contribution towards your care and support needs. Haringey Council will deduct the assessed contribution from the total amount of direct payment payable. You will then need to ensure that you pay your contribution into the designated direct payment account.
If you have eligible needs, we will draw up a support plan with you. The plan will cover what you want to achieve, outline the ways in which you want your needs to be met and how your direct payment and other personal budget will be spent.
If you have eligible needs you will be entitled to a personal budget; this is the amount of money that we believe you require to meet your needs.
In some circumstances, your assessment may reveal that your needs can be met in other ways, for example by providing you with information and advice or other services, or by you attending a club run by a voluntary organisation.
If you choose to receive a direct payment, you will be expected to sign a direct payment agreement form. This is a legal document which sets out the terms and conditions you will need to agree to when receiving a direct payment.
Your care needs will be reviewed after the first six weeks and then annually thereafter. This is to ensure that you have enough funds within your budget to pay for your care and for the council to redeem any surplus funds.