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What is a Direct Payment?
If you have had an assessment that shows that you are eligible for social care services – for example, personal care, respite, day care – you may prefer to organise your services yourself rather than have us do this for you.
This is referred to as the ‘Direct Payment’ option (1) of Self Directed Support.
You must be willing and able to manage the Direct Payment (with help from another person or organisation if you choose). You and your Assessor can decide how to spend the money in a way that best suits your lifestyle and meets your agreed outcomes as defined in your Support Plan. The day-to-day control of the money and provision of your support is given to you.
Who can receive Self-Directed Support?
Any person, service user or carer, who is assessed by Social Work Services, and meets the Council’s Eligibility Criteria to receive support, can ask to use the Self Directed Support option.
There may be some circumstances when Self Directed Support will not be offered. For example, it may not be suitable where there are concerns about Adult or Child Protection. If you are assessed as being unsuitable for Self Directed Support the reasons for this decision will be fully explained to you.
What are the Self-Directed Support Options?
There are many ways in which you can direct your support. You can have as much or as little control over this as you choose.
SDS Option 1
The Council provides you with a direct payment. This money will be used by you to buy support.
SDS Option 2
You choose the support you require and request that the Council makes arrangements to provide and pay for this support on your behalf.
SDS Option 3
You ask the Council to choose the support you require, and to make arrangements to provide and pay for this on your behalf.
SDS Option 4
You choose a combination of Options 1, 2 or 3 for each type of support identified within your Support Plan.
How Can I Find Out More?
If you already receive support/care from Social Work and would like to discuss Self-Directed Support further, you can contact your Social Worker or one of our Care Managers.