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Support DAD can provide to help you manage your Direct Payment

Darlington Association on Disability can provide a range of high quality support to help you manage your Direct Payment.

We can also provide the support described below for people who pay for their own support, live outside of Darlington, or receive a personal health budget.  We will work with you to determine what support you need, and provide you with a cost based on your individual requirements. This includes, payroll, ongoing support and information, recruitment support, Disclosure and Barring service checks/references and managed accounts.

We have a range of staff members who bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise to enable effective support of users. This includes employment law, community care, independent living, personalisation, Inland Revenue, recruitment and selection and knowledge of local services and community support.

Each direct payment user has a named Lead Worker, who has knowledge of their direct payment and how it is being used. This gives consistency of support.
Support and advice is available 5 days a week where direct payment users are able to have contact by telephone or drop into the office. We have a reception and duty system, which ensure that even when a person’s Lead Worker is not available we can still provide “same day” support.

People who live in Darlington and use a direct payment paid from Darlington Borough Council, can access support for free (a managed account is to be agreed with your social worker).

People who live in Middlesbrough and use a direct payment paid from Middlesbrough Council, can access employer support for free (payroll and managed accounts are provided by Penderels Trust).

People who live in Redcar and Cleveland and use a direct payment paid from Redcar and Cleveland Council, can access support in agreement with the social worker.

For those who privately fund their support, are in another area or use a Personal Health Budget, we will work with you to determine the support you need and create a tailored service (an invoice will be raised for you to pay).

Initial Information:

DAD can provide initial information and advice for those people thinking about using a direct payment for the first time. You can access support by using the contacting the Direct payments support Service on 01325 360524, or emailing directpayments@darlingtondisability.org

Starting up:

DAD is able to support people to get their direct payments up and running and provide support, information and advice to do this.

This includes:

• Understanding your responsibilities in using a direct payment
• Support to understand how the process works
• Provide information on what services are available locally, and where needed support to set your preferred option up.
• Support to understand what monitoring information the council requires, and what you need to keep.
• Where you choose to employ your own personal assistants/ support worker; we can provide you with support to recruit; and understand your employer responsibilities.

Payroll Service:

We provide a comprehensive and inclusive payroll service. The process we use aims to support you, and includes a reminder call each month that your payroll is due; and provides information to deal with any queries.

The service includes a four weekly payroll service, which calculates tax and national insurance and employer’s national insurance, payslips, handling of inland revenue payments.  Setting up a pension scheme for any PA who is automatically enrolled and assessing your PA’s on a 4 weekly basis to check to see if any are to be newly automatically enrolled. 

Staff have received training and our processes are “real time” compliant. Real time means that the inland revenue require four weekly information on what each of your employees have worked, this information is required to be submitted online.

On-going Support:

Once you are up and running with your direct payment, there may be times when you need a bit of support, information and advice.

Support can include:

• Support where you want to change how you use your direct payments.
• Looking at training requirements
• Risk assessments for example moving and handling or if you have a PA who is pregnant
• Contracts
• Support with sending monitoring information to the local authority.
• Support with payment of invoices etc where needed
• Information and advice about your employer responsibilities where you chosen to employ staff ; including support with dealing with difficulties with disciplinary issues.
• Support to recruit personal assistants/ support workers.
• Support with other issues around your direct payment.

Vetting Service:

Where you choose to employ staff we high recommend that you undertake thorough pre employment checks including references, Disclosure and Barring Service Check  (DBS), formally known as CRB checks or criminal record bureau checks. As a registered umbrella body with the Disclosure and Barring Service, we are able to provide a vetting service for potential employees.

Please contact us for further information and to arrange a check.

Managed Accounts:

For some people it may be that you need a high level of support to help manage the financial aspects of receiving a direct payment. In some circumstances, the council may agree to fund a managed account.

This means that you nominate DAD to receive the money on your behalf. Please visit Third Party and Managed Accounts to find out more information about managed accounts.

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