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Having a personal budget means you will:

  • Know how much money is available to you to meet your social care needs
  • Have a support plan which says what outcomes you want to achieve with that funding
  • Be able to choose and control how and when your budget is spent

Some people choose to manage their personal budget as a direct payment. However, you can have a personal budget even if you don’t want to manage a direct payment. Your personal budget can be managed by a third party, a Trust or your local authority if you prefer.

If your social worker has assessed that you need care and support, you will be allocated an amount of money to pay for services to meet those needs.  This amount of money is called your personal budget.  The best way to meet your needs will be written up in your support plan.  Your personal budget should be spent on meeting the outcomes (goals) as detailed in your support plan.  You will be involved in writing your support plan, this is called self-directed support. Most local authorities in England and Wales are working towards self-directed support as the approach for everyone who needs social care support.

Our payroll bureau offers a reliable, efficient service for people who employ their own personal assistants or carers.

Purple’s dedicated payroll team understands the nature of your Direct Payment contract and are here to help you. We support more than 3,500 service users in the UK who have a Direct Payment and we pride ourselves on our personable approach.


Our offer includes a number of services designed to deliver efficiency for all customers, including:

  • Your own personal account manager
  • Holding your Direct Payment funds in a client account
  • Providing you with a monthly statement of your funds
  • Providing your authority with the monitoring information they require
  • Processing payroll and paying your employees
  • Issuing payslips for your employees
  • Liaising with HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) on your behalf as your agent
  • Submitting all HMRC monthly and annual returns
  • Making monthly payments direct to HMRC