A direct payment is a payment that is made directly to you (or a nominated or authorised person) so you can arrange and pay for support yourself.
Personal budgets and direct payments give you the freedom and ﬂexibility over how your care and support is arranged and provided to meet your needs. You’ll be in control, so you can make choices about the kinds of support you’d like and who you’d like to be supported by. We’re here to support all your care, leisure, social, cultural and wellbeing needs.
You have the right to request a direct payment to meet your eligible needs if you can manage a direct payment alone or with help. An authorised person can manage your direct payment if you lack capacity, however your Local Authority will need to agree that the person will act in your best interests.