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Direct payments

If you or your child have been assessed as needing care and support services, direct payments may be an option for you.  You can talk this over with your social worker who will be able to provide you with more information.

Direct payments allows you to have more choice and control over your life by enabling you to make decisions about how your care is delivered.  

Direct payments and prepaid cards

Direct payments can be paid either into a traditional bank account or as a prepaid card.

Staffordshire County Council is extending the range of services available to Direct Payment users, through offering all Direct Payment recipients a prepaid card as the preferred option of managing their Direct Payment, though you do not have to have a card if you would prefer to use a traditional bank account. 

A prepaid card account is just like a current account from your bank with a debit card. You can use it to pay for services which are agreed and detailed in your care plan.

What are the benefits of using a prepaid card?

  • you don’t need to set up a separate bank account.
  • you don’t need a credit rating.
  • you don’t need a cheque book.
  • it is a secure and easy way to make payments for your care
  • you have immediate and easy access to funds and balances
  • you will receive support to transfer to the new prepaid account
  • you can use a smart phone, tablet or computer to access your account

Where can I find more information?

  • Frequently Asked Questions for children (young people up to the age of 17 years)
  • Frequently Asked Questions for adults (young people 18 years and over)