Direct Payments in Birmingham
What is a direct payment?
A direct payment is one of the ways
you can receive your individual
These fact sheets provide important guidance
on how Direct Payments work and are
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 by contacting us.
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
employing a personal assistant
from a care agency.
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
- 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 equipment; and
- 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
- household bills, for example gas or electricity
- services from the council such as occupational-therapy
- anything that doesn't meet your assessed
- food and drink, including meals you have delivered to
- 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