A direct payment can be made to disabled people aged 16 or over, older people aged 65 years and over who are assessed as needing community care services due to infirmity or age. To people with parental responsibility for disabled children.
You must agree to have a direct payment set up and you must have the capacity to manage this money. The Council can give assistance on a day-to-day basis.
The aim of a direct payment is to give you more flexibility on how services are provided. By giving you money, you have greater choice and control over your life, and are able to make your own decisions about how your care is delivered.
The Financial Inclusion and Assessment Team can help and advise on the following aspects of Direct Payments:
The aim is to give people the opportunity to exercise as much choice and control over their lives as they wish. To achieve this, Dumfries and Galloway Council are working towards more personalised approaches where the person is an individual with strengths, preferences and aspirations and at the centre of the process of identifying their needs and making choices about who, what, how and when they are supported to live their lives.
For those individuals wanting to exercise choice and control by taking an Individual Budget to meet their outcomes, further information and support can be accessed from their local Social Work Team or the FIAT staff.