Local Authority Agreements

When you choose Option 1 of SDS and would like to receive a Direct Payment from the Local Authority (Council), the Local Authority will give you a Contractual Agreement for you to sign. This is sometimes called a Direct Payment Agreement.

It is important to check that you understand the agreement and are happy to sign it. If there is anything you are not sure about, you can speak to your Local Authority further, or get advice from an independent organisation. You can search for an independent organisation in your area using the Find Help search tool in the resources below.

The agreement is a legal contract between you and the Local Authority, so it is important that you understand and agree with the content. Once you have signed the agreement, the Local Authority will give you a copy signed by all parties.

Next steps

Take a look at the example below of a Local Authority Direct Payment to guide you in more detail.

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Last Updated
28 February 2024
First Published
28 March 2022
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