Direct Payments

What does it do?

Direct Payments are money you receive from the council to buy your own care and support services, rather than having social care staff arrange them for you. This puts you in charge of your own care or support arrangements, giving you independence and flexibility over who provides your care and how and when it is delivered. The services that you buy with Direct Payments must be safe, legal and meet your care needs within a certain budget. Social care staff will provide help and support to decide whether a Direct Payment is right for you.

Who it is for?

Anyone can have an assessment.

Where it is available?

Local service (Easington, Teesdale, Wear Valley, Chester-le-Street, Derwentside, Sedgefield).

How to access or apply for it:

For further information contact Social Care Direct on:
Tel: 0845 850 5010
Fax: 0191 383 5752


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