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Social services - direct payments
Direct payments are payments we make to people to enable them to organise and buy their own social care services, instead of these being arranged by their local adult's or children's service. They can be used in a variety of ways to pay for services such as personal care; respite and day services; minor home adaptations; and specialist equipment.
The purpose of direct payments is to promote independent living among disabled people, older people and carers to give more control over the support they receive and a greater choice about how their needs are met.
Direct payments are not seen as income and have no effect upon tax or benefits. Direct payments should not be confused with Direct Payment from the Department for Work and Pensions. This is a way of paying pensions and other benefits direct into bank accounts.
Receiving the direct payments service
If you are eligible to receive direct payments, you should contact the customer services centre to arrange for an assessment of your needs. Direct payments are used as part of the your support, your way service, North Yorkshire County Council's way of giving you more choice and control over how your social care is planned, organised and delivered.
Social services - direct payments - frequently asked questions