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Direct Payments

A Direct Payment is a sum of money given by the local authority to the family to be in control of their disabled child’s care and support needs instead of having them arranged for them.

The main advantages of taking the Direct Payment option are that it places the family ‘in the driving seat’.

Over the past five years, the number of Kent families choosing to use a Direct Payment has quadrupled. So why are so many Kent families opting to meet their disabled child’s assessed support needs in this way?

The benefits for families are:

  • more choice about the type of support they get
  • more control over who provides the support they receive
  • more flexibility over when they get support

So how do families access a direct payment?

Families must first undergo a local authority assessment to establish whether there is a need for support. Please contact your social worker in the first instance.

If you would like more information on this service please follow this link here.

Direct Payments is a fully commissioned service funded by Kent County Council.


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