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Direct Payments 6 Easy Steps

Direct Payments Explained

To receive a direct payment you need to be able to consent to a Direct Payment and be able to manage it with support if necessary and available. Where someone does not have the mental capacity to consent to a direct payment the Local Authority can appoint a suitable person to receive the direct payment on behalf of the person that needs the support. The suitable person can then manage the direct payment to ensure the person’s needs are met and the direct payment is being used in the best interests of the person receiving the support.

6 Easy Steps……

1) Your social worker should discuss the option of getting direct payments with you when you go through the assessment. If they don’t, or if you are already receiving services, you can ask about using Direct Payments.

2) If you decide you want to use a direct payment your social worker will discuss what support you may need both to get started and on an on-going basis. Extra funding will be included in your direct payment to cover the cost of this support and will be paid to the support service directly.

3) If you are using DAD’s support your social worker will make a referral to us and we will work with you and your social worker to agree a start date and sort out the relevant paperwork. If you are looking to employ your own personal assistant’s we can provide support to advertise, recruit and set up payroll.

4) We will also support you to understand what documents you need to keep which will be required by the local authority for monitoring purposes. As part of the agreement with Middlesbrough Council to use a direct payment you will be required to submit monitoring information.

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5) A start date is agreed with your social worker and when everything is set up your Direct Payment will go into your account every 4 weeks/ or other agreed interval.

6) Use your direct payment to meet your needs, knowing that help and advice is a phone call away.

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