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Direct Payments

Both you and the person you care for may choose to receive direct payments so that you can buy the care you want, rather than have it arranged for you by social services. Again, there are rules that state who can receive these types of payment. It’s important to know that if you or the person you’re looking after receive a direct payment to pay a care worker or personal assistant, you become an employer and have legal responsibilities.

Direct payments are part of a move towards ‘personalised’ social care so that people have more choice and control over the support they get.