A direct payment is a cash sum paid to you, on behalf of your disabled child, or to your young adult, to buy support and short breaks (respite). In Cambridgeshire, the money is provided by Cambridgeshire County Council
To receive direct payments you will need to have an assessment from Social Care and get agreement that your child meets the eligibility criteria.
Once it has been agreed that you are entitled to direct payments, you will have a choice in how you spend the money you have been allocated.
These things might include:
- short breaks
- attending a nursery with specialist support for you child
- buying equipment
- personal care