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Guidance: Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance for people receiving direct payments

Department Of Health

November 18
09:30 2020

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This guidance sets out the main messages for individuals and organisations that can support planning, and help slow the transmission of the coronavirus as the outbreak progresses across the country.

Its accompanied by additional guidance (third and fourth attachments), mostly aimed at direct payment holders, that directly responds to questions and concerns previously raised by direct payment holders, personal assistants, and charities and organisations that support them.

Published 21 April 2020
Last updated 18 November 2020 +show all updates
  1. Updated the attachment 'Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants' and easy read, and the attachment 'Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: the most important things to know'. The updates reflect current national policy and add sections on mental health support, accessing the winter flu vaccination and testing.

  2. The document 'Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers' has been changed to 'Guidance for local authorities and clinical commissioning groups in the delivery of direct payments and personal health budgets.' This guidance is no longer aimed at people receiving direct payments (as separate guidance has been issued on this), and now is aimed at commissioners and local government only. The easy read version of 'Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers' has also been removed.

  3. Updated 3 attachments: 'Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers', 'Guidance for commissioners, people receiving direct payments and care providers (easy read)' and 'Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: full guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants'. Updates reflect that the self-isolation period for people with coronavirus symptoms has changed to 10 days rather than 7 days.

  4. Page 3 of the document 'Using direct payments during the coronavirus outbreak: guidance for people receiving direct payments and personal assistants (easy read)' has been updated to say that if you cant talk to anyone, you can still use your direct payment in a different way to make sure you still get the care and support you need during COVID-19. Just make sure you keep notes of how you spent your direct payment differently during this time so that the council or clin

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