Supporting our vulnerable adults

Number of people gaining independence through direct payments on rise

The number of people who have been given greater independence to organise their own care support has risen rapidly in Surrey.

Surrey County Council’s drive to help people organise and pay for their own care through direct payments has led to a near 20% increase in a year.

Surrey County Council's Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling. Click on picture to download

Last month, nearly 2,750 people were receiving payments to help them live independently, climbing from around 2,290 at the same time in 2011.

Direct payments allow people to buy care they have been assessed as needing instead of getting it from the council.

Among those who can receive money in this way are the elderly, disabled people and carers.

Surrey County Council’s Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care and Health Michael Gosling said: “People tell us they want greater independence and to continue living in their own homes in familiar surroundings.

“By giving them the money to buy their own services, whether that’s for equipment or staff to help with care needs, we’re doing everything possible to give people maximum control and power so they can live their lives as they choose.

“We’re determined to continue promoting independence so there will be no let-up in our efforts to give people the opportunity to decide exactly how and when their support is provided.”

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