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Paying for short breaks

Paying for short breaks

Contact your local council social care department for help with arranging and paying for short breaks.

To see if you can get help towards the cost of paying for your service, your local council will need to assess your needs.

There are 3 ways short break services can be funded:

  • self funded - you arrange and pay for a short break service
  • partially funded - costs may be shared between you and your local council
  • fully funded - your local council may fund the break in full

If your local council pays for your break, it will offer you different ways to arrange it. This is called self-directed support.

If you want to add to a service, you're free to pay for the extra part of that service. yourself.

Further guidance on getting financial help is provided by your local carers' centre or local council.

Other funding is available from charitable trusts. These can be found via your local carers' centre - find one through Carers Trust Scotland - or from Shared Care Scotland or Turn2us.

The information was last updated on: 21st December 2015

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