direct payments scheme

Discussion in 'Legal and financial issues' started by redsox, Feb 28, 2015.

  1. redsox

    redsox Registered User

    Feb 28, 2015
    6
    Leeds
    Hello, new to this forum (or any forum!)
    Looking after Mum with vascular dementia, who lives independently nearby.
    Have carers help as well.
    DWP came and assessed how much Mum must contribute to care.
    While there, the Direct payments scheme was mentioned. Where family act as employer and organize care. I asked if a family member could be employed? I think it involves the family member becoming self employed?
    Has anyone experience of this?
     
  2. loveahug

    loveahug Registered User

    Nov 28, 2012
    1,071
    Moved to Leicester
    Hi redsox, we had a similar conversation with Mum's social worker this week and you can employ a family member providing they do not live with mum. If they have another job they can be self employed, but if it will be their only paid work they must be employed by the caree. Some councils will also provide the payroll if the carer is not self employed, you just have to submit time sheets. In this case mum's contributions will need to be a standing order to the council.

    Hope this helps, good luck!
     
  3. redsox

    redsox Registered User

    Feb 28, 2015
    6
    Leeds
    Thankyou for your reply.
    Looking as if it may be a possibility.
    I have phoned soc worker and she is referring me to the direct payments dept. who will come and discuss the options with me.
     
  4. Izzy

    Izzy Volunteer Moderator

    Aug 31, 2003
    59,916
    Female
    Dundee
    I have used the Direct Payments system for a few years now and highly recommend it. Our situation will probably be quite different though as we live in Scotland.
     

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