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What is a Direct Payment?

A direct payment is a self-directed support mechanism that offers an individual more choice , control and responsibility over their care. A direct payment is a cash payment paid directly to the individual (or to a third party) following an assessment. The individual can use this payment to choose and control their support, rather than having the important decisions made for them. With this choice comes increased responsibility; however the direct payment recipient should be given support to manage the payment if they wish. They may choose to use their direct payment to:

  • Employ their own staff
  • Purchase services (from agencies or local authorities)
  • Purchase equipment
  • A combination of the above
  • Other things that are legal, and meet the outcomes agreed in the support plan.

Other Questions:

  1. What is Self-directed Support?
  2. How does SDS work?
  3. What is an assessment?
  4. How do I access SDS?