If you or someone you care for get help from social services, you can apply for direct payments. These let you choose and buy the services you need yourself, instead of getting them from your council.

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What you need to know

  • You must be over 16
  • Available in England, Scotland and Wales. If you live in Scotland or Wales, contact your council directly

You can only get direct payments if you’ve been assessed by social services as needing care and support services.

Direct payments can be made to:

  • disabled people aged 16 or over (with short or long-term needs)
  • disabled parents for children’s services
  • carers aged 16 or over (including people with parental responsibility for a disabled child)
  • elderly people who need community care services

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