Direct Payments is money paid to you by Hampshire County Council so you can arrange care services or buy equipment for yourself, if you have been assessed as eligible for them
Direct Payments put you in control of your own lifestyle. You can employ people or buy services or equipment you choose, to provide the help that you need. You can receive Direct Payments as an alternative to having services from Adult Services.
- The different types of Direct Payments
There are two types of Direct Payments - the type you receive is dependent on your needs, circumstances, and what the funding is intended to achieve:
- One-Off Direct Payments is a single payment made to buy goods or services
- On-Going Direct Payments is monthly payments to enable you to receive regular funding to buy goods or services
Direct Payments is not a benefit, and will not affect any benefits you currently receive. It is not counted as taxable income.
- How you can use Direct Payments
You can use Direct Payments to pay for goods and services identified in your Personal Plan. You can arrange these services yourself, or ask Adult Services to arrange them on your behalf.
There isn't a specific list of goods or services which you can buy to meet your needs. One of the benefits of using Direct Payments is that you have the chance to choose less traditional services however you cannot employ members of your family who live in the same house as you unless Adult Services consider it is necessary.
- acas help and advice for employers and employees
- Introduction to PAYE and payroll Inland Revenue Guidance
You cannot use Direct Payments for:
- long term residential care
- nursing care or medicines
- alcohol, tobacco, drugs or gambling
- equipment provided by the NHS
- to buy services provided by a local authority eg. in-house day services
- a substitute for the Disabled Facility Grant (DFG)
Direct Payments: What you need to know
Direct Payments is money paid directly to people getting social care services by Hampshire County Council so they can arrange services or buy equipment for themselves