Employing your own PA

Employing your own personal assistant (PA) is a popular choice for direct payment users, but as an employer you have to think carefully about the obligations you will have to your employee.

Direct payment support schemes such as ours in Hertfordshire are vital to support you through this process. If you don't live in this area, you can ask your own local social services department for a referral to a direct payment support provider.

We offer independent information, advice and support to guide you through the process of employing your own PA, assisting with:

  • recruitment of a PA
  • advertising
  • payroll service information
  • contracts of employment
  • DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service) checks
  • reference checks
  • employers liability insurance
  • budgeting
  • support with completing auditing information

We and your local council will support you through the process of setting up your direct payment. Once you are set up, you will be in full control and should be able to manage your direct payment.