Direct payments: Answering frequently asked questions
SCIE Guide 10
Published November 2005
About this guide
This guide has been written with support from the National Centre for Independent Living. It aims to offer creative and innovative examples of how the legislation on direct payments can successfully be applied to achieve positive outcomes for those who use them.
It is hoped that the guide will inspire health and social care staff to embrace the principles of independent living and think more freely in applying direct payments to a wider audience. It answers a range of questions through a series of examples, which have been captured by a practice survey undertaken by the Centre for Social Action at De Montfort University. (1) This has been supplemented by information and material from several other sources to provide a comprehensive document for health and social care staff. The guide is designed to answer specific questions easily, as well as provide access to numerous useful websites.
The text contained within the boxes are examples of practice provided by service users, social care staff and staff from Direct Payment Support Services. This information is taken from the De Montfort practice survey. Any examples from other sources are accredited accordingly.
The guide is produced as part of the SCIE work plan under the theme of adults. Consequently, direct payments for children and young people are not explicitly reported on. However, for helpful information and advice in this area there are numerous resources available:
- The Council for Disabled Children has produced a guide for local councils on the implementation of direct payments in children's services, called Direct experience. (2) This can be accessed through the National Children's Bureau website.
- The Joseph Rowntree Foundation has published a report (3) to highlight the main issues facing young disabled people who would like to access direct payments, and how to promote take-up. It can be accessed via the Joseph Rowntree Foundation website.
- Guidance for parents and young people can also be found on the Department of Health website.
As a whole, this guide should offer interesting reading for people using or considering direct payments, as well as other stakeholders.