Paying for your care and support

What are direct payments?

Direct payments are designed to give you more independence, choice and control, in order to help you manage your own life in your own home. Direct payments can be made to:

  • disabled people aged 16 or over (with short or long-term needs)
  • disabled parents for children’s services
  • carers aged 16 or over (including people with parental responsibility for a disabled child)
  • elderly people who need community care services

Guide to Managing Direct Payments

Direct payments: myths and facts

ID: 2155, revised 09/09/2021