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 council's direct payments team on 01384 817077or 816485.
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 - events, courses and information
National Conference for personal assistants - 12 March 2014
The conference will be held in central London on 12 March 2014, at Friends Meeting House, 173 Euston Road, London, NW1 2BJ and will be open to PA's across the country. See the flyer for further information.
The conference is being organised by Ruils a charity user led organisation. They would be interested to hear from PAs as to what they would like to gain from attending the day.
There is a short two minute questionnaire to complete (to be completed by 31 December 2013).
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 at bottom of this page with contact details for further information.
Skills for Care News - Funding still available to pay for learning and development of personal assistants (PA’s) and their employers
Skills for Care has funding available through the Workforce Development Fund to pay for the learning and development of personal assistants and their employers. This includes things like being a good employer, communication, emergency first aid and moving and assisting, to name only a few. The funding is paid in the form of a grant which is paid up front and includes associated costs, such as replacement/additional PA costs and travel. People in England who are aged 18 or over and employ a personal assistant can now apply for grant funding until 31/03/14. The closing date for applications is 28/02/14. All courses must be paid for and started before Monday 31 March 2014.