Direct Payments & Paying for Care Information

What is a direct payment?

Direct payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from adult social care, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local council. Having a direct payment gives you choice and control over how you organise, buy and manage your care and support.

Your Guide to Direct Payments

Direct Payments Factsheet

Your Guide to Employing a Personal Assistant

Direct Payments

Apply for Direct Payments

Paying for Care

How to get social care help.

If you think you have any care and support needs, you can contact us to ask for a free assessment.

The assessment is a discussion between you (or the person you look after) and a trained person either from the council or another organisation that the council works with. We'll talk about your situation and what changes you would like to make in your life to find out how your needs could be met.

For children under 18.

For Young people over 18.