Definitions for "Direct Payments"
Direct Payments give recipients the means of controlling their own care at home, giving more choice and flexibility. They are regular monthly payments from Social Services enabling people to employ their own personal assistants for care, instead of receiving help arranged by Social services. For full details see our publication ' Managing your own care at home - Direct payments scheme' which is available from Social Services.
Funding for care services made directly available for service users' choice and control.
Are payments made by Social Services to disabled people requiring community care. They enable users to arrange and buy their own care. Direct payments are about promoting choice and flexibility of care. It is now a statutory obligation for councils to offer Direct Payments to everyone who is eligible.