If you are assessed as requiring a community care service you can ask for a direct payment. This means that instead of having the service provided by the Council, you can ask for the money to allow you to buy your own services appropriate to your assessed needs.
Why choose a direct payment?
Direct payments give you more control over your life and the plans you make. It enables you to choose who supports you, how and when.
You can use direct payment money to:
employ a personal assistant to come to your home
contract with an agency or organisation
pay for an alternative to a day service
arrange a short break/respite
Who can receive a direct payment?
Those who are entitled to receive a direct payment include:
adults assessed as needing community care services
parents, or people with parental responsibility for a child with additional support needs (under the age of 18) who has been assessed as requiring a community care service
attorneys and guardians with welfare and financial powers to act on behalf of the person who needs the services
You can easily revert back to Social Work arranging your services if it doesn’t suit you.
For more information on direct payments, you can download our leaflets on direct payments, or alternatively contact us using the details below.
Social Services (Dalmellington)
33 Main Street
Social Services (Cumnock)
1 Greenholm Road
Social Services (Galston)
Social Services (Kilmarnock)
The Johnnie Walker Bond
15 Strand Street