Self Directed Support Advice
Self Directed Support came into force in 2013 with the Self-Directed Support Act. This means that individuals and families now have choice and control over their support, how it is provided and by whom. You may also have heard it referred to as "personalisation" or "personal budgets". However, regardless of what term is used to describe it, it means that people can now access the support to assist them to live the life they want to lead.
People are now able to self-direct their care or support in a number of different ways:-
Option 1 - Direct Payment - The budget is paid directly to the individual or family which means they can direct their own support in the way they choose. This payment can be used to pay a personal assistant directly or to pay a provider of your choice. A direct payment does not only need to be used to purchase services but it can also be used in more creative ways that will help you to meet your personal outcomes.
Option 2 - An Individual Service Fund - Gives you slightly less control as your budget will be paid in to a third party bank account but it will be an account of an organisation you have chosen to hold your budget on your behalf. You would still make decisions about when and how you wanted your support to be provided, however, the third party organisation you have chosen will purchase these services for you and hold records of this.
Option 3 - You can ask Local Authorities to arrange services - This option is similar to how support was provided prior to Self-Directed Support being available as the Local Authority manage your budget. You can still choose an agency that you want to support you but this has to be from the Local Authorities framework. This option gives you the least control.
Option 4 - Pick and Mix - You can choose to pick and mix from any or all of the three options above in terms of how you would like your support to be arranged. You may wish to choose this if you are receiving more than one type of support.