If you have been assessed by adult social care as eligible for social care support and are receiving a personal budget, you can choose to take this as direct payments. This means that the council will give you the money to purchase your own care and support (this is not a 'benefit' and can only be used to buy the care and support services that you need). Direct payments provide choice, flexibility and control over your care and allows you to live a more independent life. You can discuss direct payments with your social worker, or the direct payments co-ordinator on 01384 814979.
There is another Direct Payment. This is to do with benefits. Instead of using an order book to get benefits they get paid straight into a bank account or post office account. The information here is not about the kind of Direct Payments to do with benefits.
We have a range of leaflets which explain how direct payments work. These are available on request, or can be downloaded below:
Lots of information for people taking direct payments, about employing care and support staff, or about using the services of a care agency is available on the Dudley Community Information Directory. The directory also lists a personal assistant directory, as well as a list of support providers who work to support people taking direct payments with the responsibilities that come along with it.
There is support available across the Dudley borough from the following support providers, to people receiving direct payments:
Ideal for All - www.idealforall.co.uk
Action for Employment - A4E
Local Support Team
Peer support from other disabled people is available from Disability in Action 01384 814434
Direct Payments Walsall
Direct payments - events, courses and information
Workplace Pensions for Personal Assistants - What individual employers need to know
Workplace pensions for PAs are being introduced between Feb 2015 and Feb 2018. See information produced by Disability Rights UK and contact your Direct Payments Support Service Provider if you want know how it will affect you.
- visit PA Directory
Training Courses for Personal Assistants and people with personal budgets who directly employ staff
Dudley MBC have a number of courses that are suitable for personal assistants and people with a personal budget who directly employ staff - more information is available from our Learning and Development pages.
Events for Employers and PAs in Dudley
The next event for employers and PAs in Dudley will be held on Friday 10th April 2015 from 2-4pm at Queens Cross Network. See the flyer for further information.
The most recent event was a Christmas “Cocktail” Party for employers and PAs on 19th November 2014. See link for further information and photos.
We are always very happy to see new PAs and Employers from Dudley at our events, so if you would like to attend our next one in April, please call Jeni on 01902 551083 or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will put you on our mailing list.
Would you like to make contact with other individual employers or other PAs?
The IMPACT group hold forums and network meetings where employers and PAs can get together in a relaxed and neutral atmosphere. We are always very happy to see new PAs and individual employers from Dudley at our events. See the IMPACT group page for further information and the related brochure.
Funding for employer and or PA training
If you employ your own care and support staff, you can apply to Skills for Care to get money for training for you and your personal assistant. The money that is available is called individual employer funding. See 'Do you need more money for training' for further information.
Skills for Care - Events for Individual Employers, Personal Assistants and Support Organisations
Skills for Care are running 2 events in the Midlands area aimed at individual employers, direct payment support organisations, user led organisations, advocacy
They can help to support individual employers and personal assistants, as well as outlining some of the major changes to the sector due to come into effect in 2015. It will also be a great opportunity to catch up with existing contacts or make new ones to highlight and share good practice in the region. See the event flyer for further information.
Important news for all individual employers and their PAs
New level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care now available - see flyer below with contact details for further information.
Level 1 Award in Preparing to Work in Adult Social Care [pdf / 56KB]