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Social services

Your rights to help from social services, includes the work of social workers.

4 Help from social services

If you are homeless or are in danger of losing your home and the housing department can't help, you may be able to get help from social services.
Provided by Shelter
1 Direct payments from social services (PDF)

Payments that can be made by social services, so that people can arrange their own care, to meet the needs they have been assessed as having. Explains what direct payments are, what they can be used for, and gives some points to think about when deciding about direct payments.
Provided by Age Concern
6 A guide to assessments and services in England and Wales

Explains your rights to help from Social Services if you have a disabled child. Covers how to ask for an assessment, what services you should expect, and how eligibility criteria are used.
Provided by Contact a family - for families with disabled children
5 Support for 16 and 17 year olds

If you are homeless and are aged 16 or 17, you might be entitled to help from social services. If you used to be in care, the rules are different but you are still entitled to help.
Provided by Shelter
7 Disability and ageing: your rights to social services (PDF)

Helps you to find out if you have a right to services from the local authority because you are elderly or have a disability. Explains what services you can get.(It does not cover your rights to health services).
Provided by Age Concern

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