Direct Payment Advice and Guidance

Direct Payments and Personal Health Budgets are sums of money allocated to people who have community care needs. They enable the person to choose who supports them or provides their care, giving them much more freedom and flexibility.

Making Direct Payments work for you
Direct Payments help people to have choice and independence, but managing direct payments is not always easy. Dorset Advocacy’s Direct Payments Advice and Guidance scheme can help people who use Direct Payments to employ their own person assistants. Some of the issues we can help with include:

  • Recruitment of personal assistants
  • Your responsibilities as an employer
  • Employer’s liability insurance
  • Income tax and national insurance
  • Disagreements with employees
  • How to plan support that delivers the goals you want

How does the scheme work?
When you choose Dorset Advocacy as your Advice and Guidance provider, we will allocate you a named Guidance Worker. They will usually aim to meet with you within 10 days of your enquiry. Your worker will listen to you and agree an action plan. They will stay in touch as they find out the information you need. They will give you full and accurate information, and in a way that makes sense to you.

We cannot help with payroll, nor can we give legal advice, but we can signpost you to organisations who can help.