Paying for your Care and Personal Assistants
Employing a Personal Assistant
One of the many benefits of having a Personal Budget is being able to use a Personal Assistant (PA for short). A PA is a person paid by you to help you live more independently.
There are two ways to get a PA, either employing someone privately or paying an agency to provide someone. Your social worker or care co-ordinator will give you advice about this.
Employing someone privately
It is important to remember that you are not choosing a best friend but someone to do a job.
- To employ a PA you advertise for; interview and choose someone who suits you.
- You are also responsible for the administrative and legal responsibilities including managing your PA’s pay and arranging the appropriate insurance before they start working for you.
- Your social worker will be able to explain this in full and provide you with some further information to help you understand this process.
- For information about finding a PA please see our SHIP website.
Paying an agency to provide someone
- You will pay an agency to find you a PA and pay their wages, tax and national insurance.
- You will have less choice about your PA as you will not be able to interview them.
- The agency may not be able to provide the same person each time.
- Employing someone through an agency also costs more.
Page last updated: 01/06/2017