Who can get a Direct Payment?
You may be able to get a direct payment if you have been assessed by Adult Social Services as needing care and support services.
If you have been assessed as needing a personal budget, you will usually be offered a direct payment, provided you are eligible. If you already receive services from the council you can ask the team who deals with your services to change to a direct payment.
You must be able to consent to have a direct payment and have the capacity to manage one, although you can have assistance to manage your payment on a day-to-day basis. You can choose a nominated person to manage the payment on your behalf.
For someone who lacks capacity, an authorised person can be nominated to manage the direct payment for you. The council must agree who the authorised person is - see the Acting as an authorised person (PDF, 112KB) factsheet.
In most cases the council must offer direct payments but for some people who are subject to some mental health legislation or aspects of criminal justice legislation the council can decide whether or not to offer direct payments. For example, direct payments cannot be made to people subject to a court order for a drug or alcohol treatment programme or similar scheme. Please ask the council’s Direct Payment Support Team if you need more information about this.
Will Direct Payments affect my benefits?
No. The Department of Works and Pensions do not take direct payments into account when they are assessing benefits, because it is are not considered an income.
It could affect your carer’s entitlement to any benefits – or their pension.