The Direct Payment option is used to give autonomy to the individual who is assessed as needing social care assistance. Your local Department of Social Care Services will have the responsibility for completing this assessment or overseeing it.

If you are assessed as being in need of social care payments your local authority have a legal duty to offer and arrange Direct Payment facilities that will suit your eligibility.  These assessments are means tested and the amount awarded will be valued according to your personal need, income and general circumstances.

If you are awarded Direct Payments for social care services the funds allocated for this will be paid directly to you. It is then your responsibility to recruit the assistance you require in the form of Personal Assistants.

The responsibility of recruiting a personal assistant means you are obligated to manage the following:

  • Advertise for a PA
  • Short list and Interview
  • DBS Check
  • Reference check
  • Set up a working contract
  • Tax & National Insurance contributions
  • Training
  • Holiday & sick pay
  • Insurance

There are many other elements to recruiting and managing your own personal assistants. For a full guide please read the various sections on the right of this page and/or request one of our booklets. These can be emailed to you or sent to your postal address.

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