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Direct Payment Consultation


The Council recognises that every person’s circumstances and needs are different and that service users and their families are experts in their own situation. Direct Payments can promote independence by providing service users and carers with greater choice over how they use their allocated funds and the opportunity to self-manage their care and have control over the services and the care they need.

The Council are planning to make a number of changes to the current Direct Payments Policy with an aim to:

  • Increase choice
  • Smooth processes, increase clarity and efficiency
  • Reduce bureaucracy
  • Increase take up.

What we are consulting on

We would like to hear your views in relation to the proposed changes to the policy and in particular the following areas:

  • Permissible spend
  • Notice period for suspension or cancellation
  • Hospital stays
  • Start-up payments
  • Contingency costs
  • Pre-payment cards
  • Direct Payment agreement.

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