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Who is eligible to receive direct payments?
To be eligible for direct payments, you must be:
The direct payments legislation excludes some groups of people, such as those involved in the criminal justice system or those subject to certain mental health legislation. In addition, we will not offer direct payments as an option where there is evidence of financial irresponsibility.
You can always choose whether to receive direct payments or to receive services arranged by us. You cannot be made to accept direct payments if you do not want them. If you do use direct payments and subsequently decide not to for whatever reason, you are free to revert to the local authority providing the services.
Note that direct payments are not seen as income and have no effect upon tax or benefits.