After social services have assessed you and they decide you have eligible needs, you can ask for direct payments. Direct Payments are the money payments you get to pay for your care and support. This factsheet gives information about direct payments and how they work.
- When your local authority gives you money to buy the services you want, this is called direct payments.
- You may get direct payments if your local authority thinks you have needs because of your mental illness.
- Carers can get direct payments to meet their needs.
- You can spend direct payments on any service as long as it meets your assessed needs.
- Your carer, friend, or local support service can help you with direct payments.
- You may have to pay for some of your care and support depending on your financial circumstances.
This section covers:
- What are direct payments?
- Can I get direct payments?
- How will the local authority pay me?
- What can I spend direct payments on?
- What are my responsibilities?
- How can I deal with problems with direct payments?
- When will my direct payments end?
- I am a carer. Can I get direct payments?
These pages are created by Rethink Mental Illness' Advice Service in accordance with the Information Standard. Last reviewed in April 2016. Next review April 2018.
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