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Using direct payments

23 May 2018

You can only use direct payments to pay for the care and support we have agreed in your care and support plan. You mustn’t use it for anything we haven’t agreed to, such as administration costs associated with direct payments, as this should be set out in your care and support plan.

You can use your direct payments to:

Employ someone to help care for you

You can use your direct payments to employ a personal assistant or a carer to support you. This gives you more control over the help you get.

As an employer, you have legal and financial responsibilities to the people you employ. You are responsible for:

  • recruitment and pay

  • paying national insurance and income tax

  • issuing contract of employment and having performance and disciplinary arrangements

  • arranging insurance cover for employers liability

  • pay and manage maternity or paternity leave, and sick leave

If you want to employ your own carer or personal assistant, Purple can help you with recruitment and employment issues.

Pay a care agency

You can pay a care agency to get a carer to look after you. This means less control over the help you get but the agency will arrange everything for you.

Get more information and advice on employing someone and paying a care agency.

Pay for other services to meet your eligible need

You can use your direct payments to pay for other services we have agreed in your care and support plan. For example, equipment and adapting your home to help with everyday life.

You can't use your direct payments on anything we haven’t agreed in your care and support plan.

You will need to keep a record of how you spend the direct payment money.

Your social care worker will go through these options with you when you agree your care and support plan.

Reviewing your direct payments

We will review your care and support plan and direct payments every year or as we think necessary to make sure this is working well for you. This is set out in your direct payment agreement.

We will ask you to show your records of how you’ve spent the direct payment money. This could be:

  • bank statements

  • invoices and receipts
  • payroll records

Your social worker will be in touch when your annual review is due.