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Personal budget/direct payments
Direct payments and personal budgets are offered by your local authority to give you more flexibility over how your care and support is arranged and provided. They are given to people with care and support needs, and also to carers.
Direct payments are cash payments to cover the cost of services that you have been assessed as needing and let you choose and buy the services you need yourself, instead of getting them from your council.
Personal budgets refer to an allocated amount which you can either take as a direct payment or ask the council to buy home care services on your behalf.
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