Looking for more choice & control over how your care & support is arranged? Then you need to opt for Direct Payments. Direct payments give you more flexibility over how your care and support is arranged and provided. If, after a care needs assessment, your council decides you need support, you will receive a personal budget. You can choose to receive your personal budget as a direct payment instead of letting the council arrange services for you. For more information simply click here for quick access to the article on the NHS choices website.