As many people choose to employ a personal assistant (PA) as a solution to their care needs, managing pay is an important part of direct payments.

As an employer, you are responsible for making sure your staff are paid on time and, if necessary, tax and National Insurance are deducted.. You have the choice of how to manage this.

You may decide to manage the payroll yourself, in which case you will need to register with HM Revenue and Customs as a new employer. They will send you a starter pack with the forms you would need to complete each time you pay your staff. They will also enclose tables to enable you to calculate tax and National Insurance.

It is important to bear in mind that, if your staff are liable to pay National Insurance, as an employer you may have to make your own contribution as well.

Payroll can be a major headache for anyone unfamiliar with tax and National Insurance, with the complex and changing rules that surround this area. We do not run a direct payment payroll service but can put you in touch with various organisations who can support you with this.

For more information regarding payroll services available please contact:

Leonard Cheshire Disability
Direct Payment Support Scheme 
21a Churchyard 
Herts SG5 1HP

If you do not live in Hertfordshire you can ask your local social services department for information.