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Direct Payments Support Service Employer Bulletin

October 2015

The purpose of the monthly bulletin is to provide you with general information around your employer responsibilities but will change from time to time as and when legislation does so it is important that you read it each month. We are here to help, so if you have any queries please contact us.

We are moving!

As from Monday 12th October, the Direct Payment Support Service will move from the Central Entrance of Enterprise House (unit 1B) to the South Entrance (Unit 1N-1P) . If you enter Enterprise House from Valley Street, please go through the South Entrance, to the bottom door. Some of you may remember this as our old office. Our telephone, postcode and email addresses will all remain the same.

Skills for Care - Training

There are free training opportunities available for Direct Payment employers, their Personal Assistants and carers and disabled people, who may want to become Direct Payment employers. DAD are organising and facilitating training courses which are funded by Skills for Care.

Courses cover areas such as:

• Health and Safety
• Manual Handling
• First Aid
• Autism Awareness
• Auto-Enrolment
• The Care Act 2014
• Food Hygiene and many more!!

The courses will take place mainly at DAD’s Independent Living Hub and include:

• Free half day or full day courses
• Refreshments
• Travel expenses
• Replacement support
• Introduction to learning and further learning options
• Updating skills or learning new skills
• Opportunities to meet new people

Courses will begin in September 2015 and run until February 2016. People can choose to attend one or more courses. Numbers are limited so places need to be booked as possible please. Places will initially be offered to those who have not previously attended Skills For Care and DAD courses - those who have previously attended training will be placed on a waiting list.

To book a place and for more information, please contact Jo Crawford on 01325 357533 or email Jo

HMRC Payments

If we support you to pay HMRC, it is your responsibility to make sure that you get your HMRC payments to us in good time to ensure we have enough time to get it to HMRC by the due date. If penalties are issued you may be personally liable. If you are worried about getting your payments to us in good time, please contact us so that we can support you.
It is possible for you to pay your HMRC through on-line banking. If you would like further information please contact our office.