This page is for families of children and young people under 18 who receive Direct Payments
You can find some of our most requested paperwork that you can download and print.
If you do not have access to a printer you can contact us and we will send the information to you by post.
Our email address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cornwall Council holds some personal information of your personal assistant(s).
We store the name of your personal assistant on your child’s direct payment file.
The information is only stored due to their employment with you. We will not create a separate record for them.
We respect the privacy of your personal assistant(s). We store their information in a secure environment.
We have produced an information leaflet for your personal assistant. They can contact us directly if they choose.
This includes information on:
- National Minimum Wage, National Living Wage and UK Real Living Wage
- Income Tax and National Insurance Rates and Thresholds
- What counts as taxable income
- Providing a Pension - Automatic Enrolment
- Statutory Rights for your Personal Assistant
- Statutory Sick Pay
- Statutory Maternity, Paternity, Adoption, and Parental Bereavement Leave and Pay
Every three months you will need to send us a completed expenditure form. This shows how you have used direct payments funds.
You can download our quarterly expenditure form in PDF format:
You can also download a Microsoft Word version of the quarterly expenditure form. You can complete this and email to us:
There is also a Microsoft Excel spreadsheet which you can download. You can fill in the spreadsheet and email it to us:
Your personal assistants are entitled to annual leave each year. Even if they only work a few hours a week for you they are legally entitled to take this time off.
We have worked out an annual leave entitlement table. This is so that you can find out how much leave they are entitled to.
If your Personal Assistant does not work set hours, we have another information sheet:
You can also download an annual leave sheet to keep track of holiday entitlement.
Every month you will need to complete a timesheet for the hours worked for each of your personal assistants.
The Child Plan or Education Health and Care Plan will set out how the direct payments funds are to be used to meet your child or young person’s assessed needs
Sometimes there will be agreement for your personal assistant to use their own vehicle to meet the identified needs. If so, they should complete a mileage claim form to claim mileage costs.
Sometimes there will be agreement for your personal assistant to claim other expenses to meet the identified needs. If so, they should complete an expenses claim form.
Employers have to provide a written statement setting out the basic terms of employment. You must issue an employment contract by day one of employment.
If your personal assistant does not have any agreed hours then a casual worker agreement can be issued. This agreement is for genuine zero hours workers only. For example, 'bank staff' that cover holidays.
Here you can download our current direct payments policy
Rescue medication policies
There are policies for children and young people who have rescue medication for certain conditions and who also receive direct payments.
We developed these policies following consultation with parents, carers and healthcare professionals. The policies are for those children and young people who have a diagnosis of anaphylaxis, epilepsy or type 1 diabetes.
- Direct Payments and the Administration of Anaphylaxis Medication Policy
- Direct Payments and the Administration of Emergency Epilepsy Medication Policy
- Direct Payments and the Administration of Type 1 Diabetes Medication Policy
Each year we publish a summary of direct payments data in an annual report.
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