Direct payments (social care)

Information on direct payments

This part of the site tells you more about direct payments. Direct payments are cash payments which you can use to pay for the support and services you need instead of receiving the help directly from social services or the NHS. Direct payments are a way of spending your personal budget (or individual budget in Scotland).

This part of the site is about direct payments from social services. To find out about direct payments for healthcare paid by the NHS see our personal health budgets page.

You can click on the links below to find out more.

What are direct payments and how do I get them?

How much will I get?

What are my responsibilities if I get direct payments?

What if I have a problem with my direct payments?

Can I use my direct payments as part of a group?

What if I live in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland?

Where can I find out more about direct payments?