Agenda item

Adult Social Care Direct Payments Policy

Decision:

Approved the Adult Social Care Direct Payment Policy, shown at Appendix 1 to the report.

Minutes:

The Lead Member for Adult Social Care, Mental Health & Learning Disabilities introduced a report that sought approval of the Adult Social Care Direct Payments Policy.

 

Direct Payments allowed recipients to use the money to organise, arrange and purchase services directly to meet their care and support needs rather than receive services commissioned by the Council.

 

There were 368 people in Slough who received a Direct Payment during 2023/24 from 1st April 2023 to the end of November 2023 and 327 in receipt of any ongoing payment as at 30th November 2023.  A total of £4.7m was paid directly to recipients through direct payments between 1st April 2023 to 31st January 2024.  The Cabinet was informed that the formal adoption of the policy would help ensure the proper management and administration of the payments.

 

Members asked about the process for reviewing the payments and it was noted that peoples needs were regularly assessed and their Direct Payments may change as a result of any change in need.  After due consideration the policy was agreed.

 

Resolved –  That the Adult Social Care Direct Payment Policy, shown at Appendix 1 to the report, be approved.

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