Direct Payments – Giving you choice and control
Direct payments are a different way of purchasing support services needed, for your child or yourself. Once your child’s needs have been assessed and identified, you will be given the money that it would normally cost the local authority to provide services to meet those needs.
Please note that direct payments can only be accessed following an assessment of need undertaken by your social worker or Children’s Disability Service.
Support can mean different things such as support from a place or team of people, support with personal things like bathing, dressing etc, or support to get out and about.
Direct payments are a good way of being the boss of your own life. You are in charge and you chose what services you use, when you use them and who you get from.
When you purchase the services of a personal assistant or carer, you become an employer. This means that you have the responsibilities associated with being an employer such as paying wages and any national insurance contributions due for your employee. You are also responsible for managing your employee. You may have to advertise for your personal assistant, write out a job description and draw up and agree a contract of employment with them.
Some aspects of becoming an employer can seem quite daunting to most people, but the local authority provide a Direct Payments Advisor to help you to understand and run your direct payment. They help to sort out some of the hard things with you and make the process as simple and easy as possible.
North East Lincolnshire Council also provide you with the option of using a separately funded payroll service to take the difficulty out of managing payroll and national insurance.
Direct Payments Advisor, Civic Offices, Knoll Street, Cleethorpes, North East Lincolnshire, DN35 8LN
Telephone: 01472 326292 option 3, option 1
Opening times: Monday to Friday 8:30am to 4:30pm, except bank holidays