Direct payments are local council payments for people who have been assessed as needing help from social services, and who would like to arrange and pay for their own care and support services instead of receiving them directly from the local council.
A person must be able to give their consent to receiving direct payments and be able to manage them even if they need help to do this on a day-to-day basis.
Stop Press! The way social care is provided in Leeds is changing. Soon, if you're eligible for social care services you'll be able to get your own budget to choose and buy the type of support you need - regardless of whether it's provided by the council or another organisation.
Read more about personal budgets.