Self directed support and direct payments

Information about self directed support - funding from social services

If you are eligible for funding from social services, you can use self directed support to get the help you need to be part of your community and to stay safe, healthy and independent. 

Self directed support gives you more choice and control over your life. It means that you can:

  • control the money you get for your support
  • choose how to spend the money to meet your assessed needs
  • make decisions about who provides you with support

Self directed support can be for people:

  • with physical disabilities
  • with learning disabilities
  • who are older
  • with mental health issues
  • who are ill or dying


Request a social care assessment

As part of your assessment, we will discuss different ways of supporting you to meet any eligible needs. This can include a Direct Payment arrangement. This is where you, or someone you trust, can arrange your own care and support, and includes managing the money allocated to pay for your support. 

It might mean that you recruit a Personal Assistant to provide the care you need and become that person’s employer. Or it might mean that you use a Direct Payment to arrange for a care agency to meet your needs.

You get to spend the money to best meet your needs. You are in control, as long as you spend it in the ways you have stated in your Support Plan. We'll check with you from time to time to make sure everything is going OK.

Self directed support team

If you’ve had an assessment and think a direct payment would suit you, we can put you in touch with the self directed support team. 

They can help you with:

  • Direct payment support
  • Employment advice
  • Insurance
  • Bank account support
  • Health and safety advice
  • Recruitment and selection of personal assistants
  • Job descriptions
  • Advertisements
  • Employment contracts
  • Mediation
  • Agency information
  • Brokerage
  • Personal assistant training
  • Weekly drop in surgery
  • Peer support groups
  • Support to manage personal budgets
  • DBS checks
  • Payroll
  • Personal assistant registration
  • Information
  • Advice
  • Budget monitoring and support
  • Weekly brokerage surgery
  • Support planning

If you want more information on our self directed support services, you can:

You can also read our Direct Payments Policy