Direct Payments in Birmingham
Follow Bobby's journey to find out how Direct Payments can help
him take control of the support he needs. Hear about the experience
of other disabled people, family carers and social workers. Learn
about direct payments and the support available. This film was made
in a partnership between Citizens, students and Birmingham City
Council staff. (PDF available here)
Full Version (With Subtitles)
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A direct payment is one of the ways you can receive
These fact sheets provide important guidance on how
Direct Payments work and are applied.
A direct payment is money we can give you to
help you buy the care and support you need, instead of us arranging
the services for you.
Having a direct payment means that you
Choose the type of support and care you need
Have control over when you receive any care and
Have the money from us to pay for your care
Who can get a direct payment?
People who already get social care
services from us
Usually people who are already getting care
support from the city council can choose to have their individual
budget as a direct payment . Contact us, if you currently receive
adult social care funding from the city council and
would like this as a direct payment.
People who qualify for adult social care
funding for the first time.
You will need a social care assessment to
find out if you qualify for financial support from us. If you
are eligible for social care support, then we will discuss with you
during your assessment how you could potentially
receive funding as a direct payment.
You can ask us for a social care assessment
People who cannot receive a direct payment (exclusions)
By law, some people may not be able to
receive adult social care funding as a direct payment. For example,
if you have a court order against you that is related to drugs or
alcohol. A social care worker can give you advice about
There are also a few legal restrictions on
what a direct payment can be used to buy, including long-term care
in a care home and buying services from a local authority.
For a full list of what you can and cannot buy with a direct
payment see below.
People who need long-term care in a care home or choose to have
services from the council can do so with a managed
How can a direct payment help me?
If you are eligible to receive an individual
budget you can spend the money we give you as a direct payment on
getting support to meet your needs. This could include
employing a personal assistant from a care
You can choose who supports you and when you
want the support. For example, you may want to arrange to have help
in the evenings and at weekends, rather than during the
You can have a direct payment for all your
support, or part of it. If you only want a direct payment for part
of your support, we will arrange the rest of your support needs.
A direct payment is not a state benefit and it will
not affect any state benefits you already get. A
direct payment is not linked to getting your pension or benefit
paid direct into your bank account.
What can I use a direct payment for?
If we have assessed you and you are eligible
for an individual budget and choose to have it as a direct payment,
the money you receive will be used to pay for any support or care
needed to meet your assessed needs.
You can use your direct payment money to
live independently in your own home. For example, you could
care and support from a personal assistant or an
a personal assistant to help you live
a one-off payment for something specific, such as a piece of
services to enable you to live independently.
What I cannot use my direct payment for?
You cannot use a direct payment to pay
a close relative, partner or anyone else who lives with you
to help you;
long-term care in a care home or housing costs;
household bills, for example gas or electricity
services from the council such as occupational-therapy
anything that doesn't meet your assessed needs;
food and drink, including meals you have delivered to your
health needs, including treatment from the NHS;
anything illegal, including gambling.
For more Information and Guidance
The Directorate has revised its series of Direct Payment factsheets
in order to improve the information and support we currently
provide to the citizens of Birmingham.
These fact sheets provide important guidance on how Direct Payments
work and are applied.
DP Fact Sheets here