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What are Direct payments?

A direct payment is a payment, paid to families/carers to provide care instead of Children’s services providing the care directly. Direct payments give you more choice and control over how support services are provided. If you have been assessed by the Children with disabilities team as being in need of support services you maybe entitled to receive Direct payments. You may qualify if you are;

  • aged over 16 and have a physical, sensory or learning disability or mental health problem
  • a parent, carer or guardian of a child with a disability
  • a carer aged over 16 years

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

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, Local Support Team and A4e

Looking for a 'P.A'

For parents and carers looking to recruit a Personal Assistant (PA) using direct payments please visit Family Information Service Directory which provides a directory of PA's.

For further information regarding Direct Payments

Dudley's Children with Disabilities Services on Tel:01384 815813