Direct Payments

Direct Payments is money paid to you by Hampshire County Council so you can arrange care services or buy equipment for yourself, if you have been assessed as eligible for them

Direct Payments put you in control of your own lifestyle. You can employ people or buy services or equipment you choose, to provide the help that you need. You can receive Direct Payments as an alternative to having services from Adult Services.

There are two types of Direct Payments - the type you receive is dependent on your needs, circumstances, and what the funding is intended to achieve:

  1. One-Off Direct Payments is a single payment made to buy goods or services

  2. On-Going Direct Payments is monthly payments to enable you to receive regular funding to buy goods or services

Direct Payments is not a benefit, and will not affect any benefits you currently receive. It is not counted as taxable income.

How they can be used

You can use Direct Payments to pay for goods and services identified in your Personal Plan. You can arrange these services yourself, or ask Adult Services to arrange them on your behalf.

There isn't a specific list of goods or services which you can buy to meet your needs. One of the benefits of using Direct Payments is that you have the chance to choose less traditional services.

You cannot use Direct Payments for:

  • long term residential care

  • nursing care or medicines

  • alcohol, tobacco, drugs or gambling

  • equipment provided by the NHS

  • to buy services provided by a local authority eg. in-house day services

  • a substitute for the Disabled Facility Grant (DFG)

You cannot employ members of your family who live in the same house as you unless Adult Services consider it is necessary.

Who will use them

Usually the person who requires the care receives the Direct Payments themselves. Direct Payments can be offered to anyone with eligible social care needs including disabled children aged 16 and 17.

Direct Payments cannot be paid to people from the following list who are

  • subject to a drug rehabilitation

  • subject to an alcohol treatment

  • released from prison on licence

For the full list read The Care and Support (Direct Payments) Regulations 2014.

Hampshire County Council has the right to refuse Direct Payments where it is felt the person would be at risk as a result.

Recipients of Direct Payments and consent

The Direct Payments Agreement

Before receiving Direct Payments you must read and sign the Direct Payments Agreement. The Agreement sets out the terms and conditions of Direct Payments.

View a typical agreement which sets out the terms and conditions of receiving on-going Direct Payments from Hampshire County Council. [no typical agreement currently]

Bank accounts

To receive on-going Direct Payments you need to have a dedicated bank account to receive them which is not used for any personal finances.

The different types of accounts needed

Receiving Direct Payments

The amount of Direct Payments you receive will depend on your individual situation. Once you have been assessed as being eligible for adult social care you will be given a Personal Budget. This Personal Budget is the total amount of money Hampshire County Council will allocate to meet your social care needs. You may choose to take all or some of this budget as Direct Payments.

How monthly Direct Payments are paid.

Related links

Direct Payments: What you need to know Hampshire County Council April 2015

NHS Choices Direct payments and personal budgets

The Care and Support (Direct Payments) Regulations 2014

Care and Support Statutory Guidance Care Act 2014

Introduction to PAYE and payroll Inland Revenue Guidance

acas help and advice for employers and employees

Citizens Advice Bureau

Skills for Care toolkit for employing personal assistants