If you qualify for help with your care needs the Social Worker who does your assessment will ask you if you would like a Direct Payment / Personal Budget to purchase and arrange your own care instead of Social Services arranging that care for you.

If you choose to opt for Direct Payments/ Personal Budgets as a way of meeting your care needs then you must be able to manage your care arrangements and keep information about how the money is used. But don’t worry as you can have as much help as you require with managing your Direct Payments, either from a friend or family member and/or from Local Support Team.