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A direct payment is a payment, paid directly to you, by us, to purchase your own care and support.

Why direct payments?

Direct payments give you more choice and control over how support services are provided.  If you have been assessed by the Adult Social Care team as eligible for support and are receiving a personal budget you can choose to take this as direct payments.

If you are awarded Direct Payments you will need to be able to manage the Direct payment alone or with help from friends or relatives. Independent support and advice can be provided from the direct payment providers such as Ideal for All, People PlusLocal Support Team and IBS Managed Account Ltd.

These Direct payments should not be confused with direct payments for benefit, which are paid via the Department of Work and Pensions.

Looking for a 'P.A'

If you are looking to recruit a Personal Assistant (PA) or for further information on direct payments please visit our Dudley Community Information Directory.  

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 - this is called individual employer funding.

Adult and Children's Safeguarding training

Is available online to everyone receiving direct payments and their PA's. Please see documents below.