Northern Ireland: Personal budgets

3. Who can get direct payments?

Direct payments are available to a range of people (including disabled people, older people, those with enduring mental health issues and carers) who are over the age of 16 and have been assessed as needing certain services. Any person who receives direct payments must be willing and able to manage them – that is, look after the cash, find appropriate services and make payments (alone or with assistance).

Alzheimer's Society believes that if a person with dementia would prefer to use the direct payments system, then they should be supported to do so.