Direct payments for carers

A carers’ direct payment is a sum of money provided by us directly to a carer to enable them to have a fulfilling life outside of caring. This can be provided as a one off or ongoing payments.

The amount will depend on the carer’s assessed needs and the outcomes they wish to achieve. It must support you in your caring role and help to keep you well and healthy. For example it could help you:

  • to buy goods and services
  • to pursue hobbies and leisure activities
  • to access counselling
  • with training

There are a few things you cannot use direct payments for. This includes:

  • to pay yourself as a carer for the care you provide
  • to employ someone who lives in the same household as you or in the household of the person you care for (unless it is agreed this is necessary)
  • anything that is deemed to be illegal or if it does not keep you safe and well
  • services of a personal care nature such as bathing, respite care or replacement care such as a sitting service, for the person you care for