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Direct payments

A direct payment is a sum of money you receive from a local authority (LA) if you are assessed as needing help and support from social services. It lets you choose and buy the services you need yourself, instead of getting them from the LA.

Direct payments are made straight into your bank account and can be used for services and activities such as:

  • Transport
  • Help with domestic tasks around the house
  • Hobbies or exercise sessions
  • Short breaks

If you receive direct payments you need to account for the money you spend. We will tell you what records you need to keep and what other information you need to provide.

Who can receive direct payment?

  • A parent or carer of a disabled child
  • A disabled young person aged 16 to 17
  • A young carer aged 16 to 17

Get in touch to find out more or see the Apply for direct payments page of the Gov.UK website.


Tel 020 7332 1224


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