Care Management

Direct Payments

Direct payments are payments given to individuals by Social Services departments to enable them to buy services they have been assessed as needing. They can be given to disabled people aged 16 or over, to people with parental responsibility for disabled children, and to carers aged 16 or over in respect of carer services.

The aim of a direct payment is to give more flexibility in how services are provided to people who are assessed as eligible for social services support. Providing money in lieu of social care services gives people greater choice and control over their lives, and enables them to make their own decisions about how their care is delivered.

To find out more about direct payments in Devon, contact the direct payments team

Direct Payments
The Annexe
County Hall
Topsham Road
Exeter
EX2 4QR
Tel: (01392) 383126

Email direct.payments@devon.gov.uk

Organisations providing advice and information

National Centre for Independent Living.

Age Concern

learning gallery resources

ResourceCode/No: ADGE /5
Title: Making Direct Payments Work
Sub-Title: Identifying and overcoming barriers to implementation
ISBN: 1841961280
Author: Frances Hasler with Angela Stewart
Publisher: Joseph Rowntree Foundation

ResourceCode/No: ADJR /122
Title: The Journal of Adult Protection Dec 2006 (V8/4)
Sub-Title: Evidence-based practice in relation to the abuse of vulnerable adults
ISBN: 1466-8203  
Publisher: Pavilion  Article -  Direct payments: freedom from abuse?

ResourceCode/No: ADJR /117
Title: The Journal of Adult Protection Oct 2005 (V7/3)
Sub-Title: Evidence-based practice in relation to the abuse of vulnerable adults
ISBN: 1466-8203   Article - The abuse of direct payments

papers, documents and research

Making direct payments work for older people – Joseph Rowntree Foundation

Direct payments guidance: community care, services for carers and children's services (direct payments) guidance England 2003 – Department of Health

Direct Payments for those using mental health services – Research in Practice for Adults

further information

General Direct Payments Information

Devon Direct Payments – Book of Rules

Department of Health Guidance