I employ a number of staff using a Direct payment. Two members of staff have currently worked for me for 10 years each, always funded by DP. I budget for my various employer statutory and other obligations out of my DP eg holiday pay, insurance etc. I also budget for any redundancy payments that I might have to make in the future and have accumulated the contingency money I need to cover this in my direct payment account. Given the current social care climate, there is a realistic possibility that I might need to make staff redundant at some point if my package is cut.

The local authority has a right to claim back any unspent monies as it is public monies and therefore they make a responsibility that it should be spent wisely. That being said, as a Direct Payments user you are of course responsible for any costs that are associated with the costs of being an employer … Continue reading I employ a number of staff using a Direct payment. Two members of staff have currently worked for me for 10 years each, always funded by DP. I budget for my various employer statutory and other obligations out of my DP eg holiday pay, insurance etc. I also budget for any redundancy payments that I might have to make in the future and have accumulated the contingency money I need to cover this in my direct payment account. Given the current social care climate, there is a realistic possibility that I might need to make staff redundant at some point if my package is cut.