Northern Ireland: Personal budgets

6. Are there restrictions on the use of direct payments?

Direct payments are made to fund services, and are not intended to be used for existing support networks within families and communities. For this reason, only in exceptional circumstances can direct payments be used to buy a service from the person's spouse or partner, or anyone who lives in the same household (unless that person is someone specifically recruited to be a live-in employee).

An individual should discuss their situation with the trust if they think that any person they would like to employ, or buy services from, might fall into one of these categories.