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Carers’ direct payments

Carers’ direct payments help eligible carers maintain their own health and wellbeing while carrying on in their role as a carer. If you’re undertaking an assessment or review, please note that the request for a carers direct payment must be linked to the carer’s needs and the ability to sustain their caring role.

Who can request a carer’s direct payment?

  • a carer aged 18 and over
  • carers who provide or intend to provide a substantial amount of care on a regular basis for another individual aged 18 or over;
  • the person that the carer is caring for is receiving or is eligible to receive community care services

What can I use them for?

You can put carers’ direct payments towards things like:

  • a short break
  • a washing machine if you wash cared-for person’s clothes
  • massage or reflexology treatments
  • gardening
  • driving lessons – your care manager will discuss with you whether you have access to a vehicle and can afford to pay the tax, insurance and petrol costs

For further information regarding the carers direct payment scheme please contact us.

Page updated on: 3 July 2019

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