Direct Payments are cash payments, made in lieu of social service provisions,
to individuals who have been assessed as needing services. Direct Payments increase choice and
They provide for a more flexible response than may otherwise be possible
for individuals and their carers. They help people to decide when and how services are provided
and who provides them, who comes into their home, and who becomes involved in very personal aspects
of their lives.
Individuals are able to make their own decisions about how their care
is delivered and how this support is shaped. This often takes the form of help around the house,
getting out and about - going shopping or to new social settings.
Direct Payments can be paid to: disabled people aged 16 or over; carers;
people with parental responsibility for a disabled child; and 16 and 17 year old disabled children.
The Department has produced practical guidance for Health and Social
Care Trusts and guides for potential recipients. This information can be viewed on this website.
Guide to receiving Direct Payments
Direct Payments Guidance
- HSS (ECCU) 5/2006 Allocation of Direct Payments
Development Fund (PDF 109KB)
Guidance for Boards and Trusts on the allocation
of the Direct Payments development fund. (Published September 2006)
- Direct Payments Policy and Practice Review Report
This report contains the findings of the review of policy and
practice of the administration of Direct Payments by the Department of Health, Social Services
and Public Safety. The purpose of the review was to identify the critical success factors which would
promote and support the uptake of Direct Payments and to identify management systems which need to be
put in place. (Published April 2005)
Direct Payments Statistics
Information on Direct Payments is collected using the quarterly return
CC8. This return monitors the number of Direct Payments and the amount of payment for domiciliary care
packages and other activities in effect at the end of the quarter.
- View Direct Payments statistical information.
Direct Payment Links