What is a Direct Payment?
Direct payments are available to you if you are eligible for help from social care. They allow you to receive money to buy services or equipment for your eligible needs, instead of the council arranging this for you.
You can discuss this with your social worker or care manager when they assess your needs. Most people who are eligible for help from social care may have a Direct Payment.
The money will be paid to you or in some cases to your nominated carer, once we have assessed what your needs are.
Direct Payments are tax free and will not affect any benefits you may be receiving.
More information about Direct Payments from the Southampton Information Directory.