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Direct Payments for disabled children and young people
Direct Payments is one way of managing the money you get for your child's care and needs.
What direct payments are
You can choose to get money to buy the help you need instead of having it organised by us. This money is given to you in the form of payments paid directly into a bank account.
You can also get direct payments in your own right if you are a disabled young person aged 16 and over and if you are able to manage your payments alone or with help.
You'll need to open a seperate bank account for the direct payments. This must be kept seperate from your personal bank account and you must provide bank statements to us when we ask for them.
You can add your own money to this account if you want to buy additional services.
We will pay your direct payment into this bank account every 28 days.
Who can get direct payments
You and the disabled child or young person must live in Leicestershire
You must have an assessment of your needs and the child or young person’s needs completed by a social care worker
You must be able to manage a direct payment with or without help
You are a parent or carer of a disabled child or young person
You are a disabled young person aged 16 and over living in Leicestershire. You have had an assessment of your needs done by a social care worker and you are able to manage direct payments on your own or with help.
How you can use direct payments
You can use your direct payments for:
overnight or daytime short breaks
support to access leisure or community activities
a combination of these
What you can't use your direct payments for:
buying services from us or any other local authority
employing someone who lives with you
paying for health care services including equipment that the NHS provides - for example vaccination or immunisation, health screening, NHS health checks, as well as services that are provided by your GP, prescriptions and dental charges.