Purple is the provider of Direct Payment support across Essex. They are the legacy organisation of ecdp, also known as Essex Coalition of Disabled People. The ecdp service was called Essex Pass which you might still hear mentioned.
Who is ultimately responsible for the Direct Payment?
The service user is ultimately responsible for the direct payment. Ensuring that they use the funding according to their support plan. Making sure that they spend within the agreed budget.
How much can we pay a PA?
There is a range of rates which might apply so you are advised to contact us to discuss if you are unsure. We are always happy to discuss individual cases.
How do I make a referral?
We accept referrals by email or post or fax. The referral form is available here. A copy of our agreed referral form is also available in the ECC SW Practice library.
Do I need to make a referral for a service User using a care agency?
Yes, as Purple will provide information and guidance to the Service User around their responsibilities when using a care agency. A referral form can be found here.
What is the deadline for timesheets?
ECC service users are paid every 4 weeks. A schedule of payments is sent to every service user. Timesheets signed by the service user must be with Purple by Friday at midday, in order for the PAs to be paid the following week.
How quickly do you pay invoices to agencies and suppliers?
If the invoice is received by Friday lunchtime, we will normally process the invoice on the following week’s payment run.
In what circumstances do you not pay PAs or suppliers?
Where the social worker has expressly advised not to pay; when there is insufficient funds in the service user account; where we consider there may be a safeguarding issue and report to social worker.
What do we do about letters from HMRC to our clients?
Refer the service user to Purple and we will be able resolve any issues as their HMRC agent. It may be that the payroll account needs to be closed down or the amount paid in one month generates an overestimate of tax by HMRC. In most cases, the HMRC letter is an automated estimate based on the information they have and a call from Purple usually resolves the issue. Please be aware that HMRC often continue to generate letters for up to two weeks after the amendment/correction has been made.