|A direct payment is one way to receive your personal budget.
|A direct payment is money paid to you from the Council to buy the support you need.
It is a different way of getting your support.
The Council gives you the money instead of a service.
|With direct payments you are in control.
|You can use your direct payment:
| What you spend your direct payment on is up to you as long as this meets the outcomes agreed with your social worker in your support plan.
The Council will let you know what you can’t spend the money on.
|If you choose to have a direct payment, money can be paid into your bank account. A bank account is somewhere you keep your money. You can pay money in and take money out of your account.
Or money can be paid to someone that you know.
It will not affect your benefits.
|Choosing direct payments does not mean you have to do everything by yourself. You can get lots of help and support|
|To find out more about direct payments or to apply to get one, contact the Redbridge Health and Adult Social Services. Have a look at the Redbridge Health and Adult Social Services page.|