I have been administering my Mum's Direct Payments account for just over a year. In that time the care agency that I use increased their prices and the LA's contribution was raised to cover the cost, as it was still well within Mum's Personal Budget as set by the LA when it was all set up. Can anyone tell me whether I can re-adjust how the money is spent? Her care needs have increased, and the amount set aside for her to 'access local facilities' (ie the library etc) is no longer required as she rarely wants to go out at all. Can I spend that money to increase the carer's visits, without letting the LA know, as long as I don't exceed the current costs? It was my understanding that I could, but I'm a bit wary without confirmation.