What is a Direct Payment?

From 1 July 2016, Richmond User Independent Living Scheme (Ruils) a user led organisation, provides information, advice and support for people who chose to use Direct Payments to organise their care and support. This can include direct recruitment of Personal Care Assistants.

For more information on Direct Payments support and advice on recruiting and managing personal care Assistants (PAs), contact Paula Buckton and Jackie Wade. Email dpsupport@ruils.co.uk or telephone: 020 8831 6088.

Wandsworth Council wants people to have more choice and control over their lives. If you have had an assessment that shows you are eligible for help with social care and support from the council you may be eligible for some financial help, depending on your financial circumstances. We call this money a personal budget.

Direct payments are an easy and convenient way of receiving your personal budget. They are money payments made by the council for you to spend on the services you need.

What are the benefits?

With a Direct Payment you are in control. You can choose who supports you, how they support you and when.

People who use Direct Payments enjoy the choice that Direct Payments can bring, and frequently comment on how they have gained greater self-esteem, confidence, and control over how they live their lives.

More information

If you are already receiving help from the council for your care and support, talk to your social worker or care co-ordinator about switching to a Direct Payment or contact the Access Team:

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