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Social care: Direct Payments from a local authority (England)

Published Wednesday, May 20, 2015

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.

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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

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