Direct Payments are a way of arranging your own care services by receiving a regular cash payment instead of having services arranged or provided by the Local Authority.
Direct Payments are designed to give you flexibility to meet your care needs in ways that are most convenient for you. With Direct Payments you choose who provides the care to meet your needs, and you control when services are delivered.
If you are eligible to receive services, a Direct Payment can help you to gain greater independence by giving you control over how your needs are met. With a Direct Payment you choose who provides the care you need and you decide when those services are provided.
You must remember that these payments are only made to help you purchase care to meet your assessed needs and are not extra money to spend as you choose. They cannot, for example, pay for services you receive from Health or the Housing Department. Direct Payments are not regarded as income, so your income tax and/or benefit situation will not be affected.
We have a duty to offer direct payments to all those potentially eligible to receive them. The eligible groups are:
You do not have to be currently receiving services to be eligible for direct payments. However you can replace existing services with Direct Payments if you choose to do so. As long as you have had an assessment of need you may be eligible.
To receive a Direct Payment, you must be capable of managing the Scheme either on your own or with support.
The Dewis Centre for Independent Living (Dewis CIL) is a support scheme that provides help to people who want to use a Direct Payment to manage their responsibilities.
The Direct Payment Support Scheme has advisors who can meet with you to discuss the Direct Payments scheme and help you to decide if you would like to receive your services in this way.
If you choose to have a Direct Payment, Dewis CIL can help you to meet your responsibilities as an employer:
Before we agree to provide you with Direct Payments, we will have to be satisfied that you will meet these responsibilities successfully.
If you are not currently receiving any services from us, you will need to arrange for an assessment of need. This can be arranged via the Duty Officer whose contact details are below.
If you are already receiving services and are interested in changing to direct payments, contact your social worker or the duty officer who will arrange to meet with you and discuss the scheme
Once the services you need have been agreed, you can arrange to have a Direct Payment to purchase that support yourself. You cannot use this money for any other purpose.
If you have not got chosen someone to support you, Dewis CIL will assist you in recruiting suitable people to provide your care.
There are restrictions as to who can be employed. Close relatives are normally excluded.
You will need to have a separate bank account open for the purpose. The Support Scheme can assist to set this up and arrange payments.
You are responsible for paying these but again, Dewis CIL can assist you with this.
Yes, we will need to monitor the use of the direct payments so you will need to keep payslips, bank statements, and similar documents. Assistance is also available to help you with this.
We can look again at your needs and if your needs increase your payments may increase to reflect this. If your circumstances improve, your payments may go down to reflect the changes
If your circumstances change and you no longer need Direct Payments the support scheme will assist you to end them. If you want to cancel your Direct Payments but still need services, you can choose to have those services provided or arranged by us.