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Find out about direct payments for carers

If you have had a carer's assessment and have been offered support as a carer, you may be able to have a direct payment.

Direct payments are cash payments made directly to you, instead of the Council arranging and providing services for you. You can use the direct payment to purchase the support you need.

As well as giving you more control, flexibility and choice in meeting your needs as a carer, direct payments will let you continue in your caring role and maintain your own health and well-being.

Qualifying

You may be eligible to a direct payment if you are:

  • an unpaid carer, over 18 years of age, who cares for someone on a regular and substantial basis
  • a young person aged 16 or 17 who provides a substantial amount of care for someone aged 18 or over

The person you care for does not need to have direct payments or even be receiving a service from Adult Social Care in order for you to have a carer's direct payment – although they must be eligible to receive services if they were to be assessed.

The direct payment must only be used to meet your own needs, not to provide additional services to the cared for person.

If the person you care for is eligible for services, they may be able to have their own direct payment so that they can arrange and pay for their own services directly.

Support from Developing Health and Independence (DHI)

We work in partnership with DHI. You can contact them on the following numbers:

Tel: 0808 1687149 (Freephone)
Mob: 07810 528824
Fax: 01793 433661

Further information

A leaflet explaining when direct payments might be suitable for you, is available as a downloadable file:

Additional information and support for carers is available on the Swindon Local Offer website.

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