Hertfordshire County Council has set out its commitment to continue providing and improving support to adults in the county who receive money directly to pay for care. Money is allocated to meet an identified need after a social care assessment. Funds are then provided via Direct Payments or to an organisation chosen by the individual to manage an Individual Service Fund for them. These options give people more choice and control about the support they have.
The Council’s Direct Payments and Individual Service Fund Strategy 2021 – 2024 can be accessed on the Council’s website via this link - Direct Payment and Individual Service Fund Strategy 2021 - 2024.
The strategy was developed following consultations and meetings with people who receive direct payments or have an Individual Service Fund, including unpaid carers. People who work with carers or people with care needs were also involved.
In the strategy the Council shares that it:
• Is committed to providing and promoting ways to use payments to maximise independence and wellbeing. It will work with people who receive personal budgets to review and refresh information.
• Will ensure staff have the knowledge and skills to implement personalised care and self-directed support, by developing training and guidance.
• Wants to build on the social care workforce so that more people, such as Personal Assistants (PAs), are available for people to employ using their payments. The Council will look at developing a professional standard for PAs.
If you want to find out more about how the Council unpaid carers and people with care needs, call Adult Care Services on 0300 123 4042.