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Direct payments

Direct payments are cash payments made to individuals who have been assessed as needing services, in lieu of social service provisions.

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Guidance on direct payments

For community care, services for carers and children's services

Individual budgets

The individual budgets pilot is a cross government initiative led by the Department of Health that aims to provide greater choice and control for people needing support.

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If you would like to make an enquiry about DH policy related to direct payments please email

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