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 access team on 0300 555 0055.
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:
Direct Payments - to meet your social care needs [pdf / 1MB] Published April 2017 - This booklet explains all you need to know about direct payments. It covers exactly what they are, what they can be used for and how, and the support that is available to you.
Direct Payments - employing staff [pdf / 2MB] Published August 2016 - We recommend that personal assistants should be employed directly by you. Here your responsibilities are clear and flexibility is maintained.
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:
Dudley MBC has online training to provide you and your child/the person you care for with information about keeping safe. We strongly recommend you and any PAs you employ undertake the Adult course and Children’s course if appropriate.
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.
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 Individual Employer Funding for further information.