Guide to direct payments

Coronavirus – information for people receiving direct payments

Advice about Coronavirus for people receiving direct payments is on our Coronavirus – direct payments web page.

This includes guidance on:

  • putting contingency plans in place
  • how you or your Personal Assistant can apply for a grant to help pay for personal protective equipment (PPE)

1. What are direct payments?

Direct payments are an agreed amount of money that we give you so that you can organise and buy the care and support you need – instead of us doing this for you.

We always offer direct payments to you as a way of providing your care and support. You do not have to use them unless you want to, the choice is yours.

Direct payments are not seen as income and have no effect on tax or benefits. They are just one way of receiving support from social care.

Who can get direct payments?

You can get direct payments if you are:

  • a client of adult social care (anyone aged 18 or over)
  • a carer of an adult
  • a disabled child

You need to have a social care assessment to be offered direct payments.

What are the benefits of direct payments?

The biggest advantage of direct payments is the choice and control it gives you over your own care. You can employ the person or agency of your choice, pick which hours suit you and decide what tasks you want carried out.