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22 April, 2020 Open access

Government issues new COVID-19 guidance for people in receipt of direct payments for care and support

New guidance aimed at people who receive support via direct payments through personal budgets and personal health budgets, as well as local authorities and others who support and deliver care via direct payments

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC) has issued new COVID-19 guidance for people in receipt of direct payments for care and support.

Aimed at people who receive support through personal budgets and personal health budgets - as well as local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and providers who support and deliver care via direct payments - the new guidance, Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments, sets out the steps that people should take to protect themselves during the COVID-19 outbreak. 

In particular, for those people who employ personal assistants via a direct payment, the guidance advises that they should - 

For those people who buy care and support or other services via a direct payment, the guidance advises that they should - 

Finally, the guidance advises that anyone who finds themselves in a position where there is no one to support them due to the wider impact of COVID-19 should contact the adult social care team or clinical commissioning group that provides their direct payment to discuss alternative care arrangements.

For more information see Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments from gov.uk