Direct Payments are cash payments instead of services, which the service user, carer, child, young person, or family have been assessed as needing by us. They are designed to give people control and flexibility in the way that their care needs are met.
If you are eligible to receive our services, Direct Payments can help you to gain greater independence in your life. They are designed to give you flexibility to meet your personal care needs by offering more choice and control over the services you receive.
With Direct Payments:
- You choose who provides the care to meet your needs
- You control when services are delivered
How can Direct Payments be used?
You can use Direct Payments to meet your needs as identified in your care and support plan or a combination of Direct Payments and Council provided services to meet these needs. They can be used to purchase a range of services by either employing someone to support you to do the things you need help with, or paying a registered care agency to provide this support. For adults in receipt of direct payments, monies received as a direct payment will be subject to the Council’s non residential charging policy and a financial assessment will be undertaken to determine your weekly contribution, up to a maximum weekly charge of £60.
Direct Payments mean that you take responsibility for managing your own care arrangements on a day-to-day basis.
The Dewis Centre for Independent Living (Dewis CIL) provides help to people using or wishing to use Direct Payments so that they are able to manage their responsibilities. They offer advice, information, training and support.
If you are interested, our staff will try to answer any further questions you may have in making this first step into the Direct Payments Scheme.
For further information please contact;
Direct Payments for Adults
Tel: 01443 425003
Direct Payments for Children
Tel: 01443 425006
Alternatively, contact the Direct Payments Support Service at;
Dewis Centre for Independent Living
Upper Boat Business Park,
Tel: 01443 827930
The Care Council for Wales has launched a toolkit for Direct Payment employers and personal assistants, providing guidance, practice examples and practical tools to help employers to support their personal assistants to gain the skills they need to fulfil their roles.