If you qualify for support from social services following a needs assessment, you can providing certain criteria are met choose to receive direct payments from us to buy the assessed services you need to meet your assessed needs. This is instead of receiving the services directly from the council via a commissioned service.
Many people who use direct payments find they have more choice, control and flexibility together with being responsible for accounting for how the money is spent. A direct payment does not affect social security benefits and cannot be classed as taxable income. These pages provide more information and guidance to support you with the management of your direct payment.
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Direct Payments Team
Merton Civic Centre