Self directed support is a new system of providing social care.
It enables you to make your own decisions regarding what
support you need, who provides it and how.
Self directed support gives you more choice, control
and independence about how your support is organised – you are in
What is a Direct Payment?
A Direct Payment is a cash payment made directly to you so
that you can buy your own care and support services, rather than
having it delivered by the council.
Who can have a Direct Payment?
You can have a Direct Payment if you have been assessed as
needing social care services. This includes carers.
How can I get a direct payment?
If you feel you would like to use Direct Payments please contact
the Community Care Advice Centre. We
will provide information, advice and support with
your Direct Payments.
What can I use Direct Payments for?
Direct Payments can be used in lots of ways, for example:
- to pay for personal care and support such as help
with washing, dressing and eating
- to pay for practical help such as shopping and cleaning
- to employ a personal assistant
- to pay for short breaks (respite care) for yourself
or your carer
- to buy social or educational activities that you
- to buy equipment.
Direct Payments cannot be used for permeant residential
care. You can be creative about how you spend your Direct
Payment, as long as it helps you meet your support needs.
How does Direct Payments work?
We work out how much money you are entitled to based on the
information gathered during your assessment. The assessment is
where you tell us about your particular circumstances and care
You will then receive payment into your account to arrange
your own services.
If you require additional information, please contact the
Community Care Advice Centre
- MyLife - an online directory of
information and advice for adults living in Redbridge
- In-Control - organisation
helping people get real choice and control