Welcome to the Leonard Cheshire Disability Direct Payment website, full of information, support and assistance for people who are interested in Direct Payments.
What are direct payments?
Since April 2003 every local council has a ‘duty to offer’ those who are eligible, money, instead of arranging services for them. When a council gives someone money in this way, it is known as a direct payment
Direct Payments Key Facts
- Clients can use their Direct Payments to choose who they wish to provide their care.
- All social workers, following a 'Client Care Needs Assessment', should now offer the option for every client to take up Direct Payments.
- Many Direct Payments service users choose a Personal Assistant (PA) as a solution to their care needs, empowering them to ‘take control’ and get much more out their life. They may also choose to use a care agency if they wish.
Please note that the material about Direct Payments is made available on this website for viewing or use on condition that it is subject to the “T&Cs”(which you can see by clicking on “T&Cs” at the top of this page). If you view any of that material it will be regarded as on those terms.
In addition, the various Direct Payments documents accessible from this site are provided solely to help illustrate and explain some of the Direct Payments arrangements that you may wish to make, and should not be regarded as adequate or suitable for any particular case.