A DP is a cash payment made to you to pay for the support required to meet the needs and outcomes agreed in your support plan.
The amount of money available for a direct payment is determined by the completion of a personal budget. Your Support Plan will outline how your personal budget is spent. Your personal budget may be a combination of DP and directly provided support.
DP payments are made every four weeks and allow you to arrange and pay for your support instead of just receiving services directly from Leeds City Council.
Direct payments give you more choice and control over who provides the support you receive and how it is delivered. You can employ someone of your choice to aid with the tasks you want carried out, with hours that suit you. However you must comply with the terms and conditions of the Direct payment agreement, which is a legal contract that is received as part of the personal budget.
To request a DP you should speak to the Care Manager/ Social Worker and have a support plan.
People who care for a relative or friend may also be entitled to a Direct Payment to support them to continue their caring role.