Allo. Yesterday I had to pay a bill which was formerly paid by my local council.
I am in receipt of Direct Payments. This money pays for 3 carers who make my life liveable. Without this allowance I doubt my hubby would cope alone in looking after me, as I am so dependent on personal care from others and he suffers quite badly from rheumatoid arthritis. He does have to put me to bed and toilet me when carers arent with me.
In order to pay 2 of my carers (1 is self employed and therefore exempt from the rules governing these 2), I phone their hours in each month, to a firm who does the Payroll services.
My local council has decided they will no longer pay for these services and that it has now to be paid for out of my Direct Payment allowance.
This is costing £300 a year…meaning I will have £300 less to pay for my care. I have not yet worked out how to do this, but at some point I will have to.
This amount multiplied by however many people in my area receiving DPs, must amount to a massive sum. Hence a damn good saving for the council.
Anyone else had the same thing happen to them?