Money given to a parent of a child with a disability, or to a young person with a disability aged 16 or 17. This allows you to pay directly for support.
You can use your direct payments to employ a personal assistant. Some people say this gives them the most control over the help they get.
This option comes with the responsibility of being an employer. This might sound complicated but you can get free advice about employing a personal assistant from the Leonard Cheshire Disability charity. Leonard Cheshire helps disabled people in the UK.
To be used by families who are getting direct payments.
Direct payment agreement
This template is available for families to read before confirming they would like to proceed with direct payments.
Direct payment bank details
Completed by the person getting the payments to set up a separate bank account for the money to be paid into.
Direct payment bank statement cover sheet
Completed by the person getting the payment to go with the bank statements that are sent to the council.
Declaration of criminal records
This is completed for each carer that will be employed through direct payments. This form should be completed with the carer and returned to the council.