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Direct Payments

What is a direct payment?

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A direct payment is a cash sum paid to you, on behalf of your disabled child, to buy support and short breaks (respite). In Cambrideshire 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

April 2017: new DP service

A new preferred provider, Purple, has replaced Penderels Trust as Cambridgeshire County Council's support service provider for Direct Payments.

Waterbeach-based Purple has won a support services contract from Cambridgeshire County Council to provide information, advice and guidance to those users considering a direct payment; a comprehensive payment service for those employing PA’s or using agency care; and a full employment service for those wanting to recruit and retain PA’s. 

The Penderels Trust Cambridgeshire Direct Payment Support Service has now ended.  Service users should have received a letter from Cambridgeshire County Council with details of new "preferred provider" Purple.  

Please contact your social worker if you need further information. More information on the county council's website

Contact details

Ivan Peck HouseGround Floor1 Russell WayChelmsfordEssexCM1 3AAEmail: 01245 392 300

Visit the Purple website