Guide to direct payments

3. Help with direct payments

Choosing direct payments can mean a little extra work for you in arranging your own support. Some people find this easy; others can find it a bit harder. We use two organisations – People Plus and Vibrance – which can offer free support with doing the following:

  • understanding the rules that employers must follow e.g. employment law, insurance and tax and national insurance rules
  • writing job descriptions
  • recruiting staff
  • performing checks on possible personal assistants
  • ongoing support with being an employer

People Plus and Vibrance also offer services you can choose to buy. They both offer a payroll service which calculates what you will need to pay your personal assistants each month and what you must pay in tax etc. When clients choose to employ their own staff we always include an amount to cover payroll costs as almost everyone wants some help with this.

People Plus and Vibrance can explain more about what they offer and what this costs and you can look at the next page of this guide, ‘managing the money’.


People Plus

Tel: 01323 414 674


Write: 3rd Floor, Ivy House, Eastbourne, East Sussex, BN21 4QT


Tel: 01273 025 687


Write: The Mallings Business Centre, 112 The Mallings, East Sussex BN7 2RG

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