New Payment Card for SDS Option 1
The new payment card for those in receipt of SDS Option 1 will start to be rolled out across Highland from 1st March. It's like a bank or debit card and will be loaded with the agreed amount for the Direct Payment budget every 4 weeks. The issue of the card will mean that there will be no need for quarterly reports to be filed and new people to the scheme will not have to set up a separate bank account.
Jeni-Lin Knott, Payment Card Project lead says that: “the Payment Card has been a long time thought about and a long time coming for Highland. We have learnt from the National Pre-Paid Card network about the benefits of Payment Cards and how to implement the system within Highland. The Payment Card was in response to the request for more streamlined system and less paperwork for people who use Direct Payments. So far, many people have been pleased to hear about the changes NHS Highland/The Highland Council are implementing to overall improve applying for and managing a Direct Payment.