Direct payments allow users to purchase social care from providers of their choice, rather than local authority provided services or third-party providers nominated by the local authority. This note sets out how direct payments are calculated and how they can be used.Jump to full report >>
Direct payments enable a person requiring social care to procure that care for themselves. They can be used instead of, or together with, services provided by a local authority (either directly or through a third party), although there are some restrictions on how direct payments can be used.
The following Library papers might also be of interest:
This note applies to England only.
Commons Briefing papers SN03735
Author: Tim Jarrett
Topic: Community care