If the council help to pay for your care and support you can choose to have the money as a direct payment so that you can arrange and pay for the support you need. Or you can choose a mixture of direct payments and support from us.
Direct payments give you more choice and control over your care. They won't affect your benefits and you won't be taxed on them.
You can only use the money to pay for the support we agreed you need at your needs assessment, including:
You cannot, however, use the money for:
We'll pay the money weekly onto a pre-paid card - the amount you get will depend on your financial assessment. If you pay towards the cost of your care you can top-up your card with your contribution, and then use your card just like a debit card to pay for your care. Or you can pay your contribution to your care provider directly.
You'll need to sign an agreement to say that you'll use your direct payments to pay for the support we agreed you need.
These organisations can also help with: