Hi all, Just started direct payments from council for 5 hours a week, 2 x 2 1/2 hours. This after nearly 8 years of 24/7 caring. I had no idea how complicated direct payments would be. Have what is called a 'managed account' which means this company does all the pay stuff- national insurance/tax etc. What I am confused about is the induction meeting and supervision meetings. I asked this week whose time it all comes out of, my measly 5 hours a week off or the carers unpaid which I would not expect anyway. Answer is it comes out of my 5 hours a week. So what will I be left with? 1 and 1/2 hours instead of the 2 and 1/2 hours. So I asked about getting someone who is self employed. Again a whole lot more red tape with registering online with tax office and getting the local council to agree to whoever I might find. I am seriously thinking about giving up direct payment, it just does not seem worth the bother for 5 hours a week. Anyone have any advice for me please????!!!!!