Early Help Individual Payments (EHIPs)


Early Help Individual Payments (EHIPs) form part of the Local Authority's Short Break Support for Parent Carers of Disabled Children. The second part of the Short Break Support is the commissioned services that provide activities and clubs.

An EHIP is an annual payment of up to £1,000 for parent carers of disabled children under the age of 18 to purchase support for themselves that would enable them to take a break from their caring responsibility. The payment is for the parent carer; however the support that is purchased should be meaningful for their child.

If a child is receiving High Rate Disability Living Allowance (DLA), either care and or mobility component, or a young person aged 16 or 17 is receiving Personal Independence Payment (PIP) either care and or mobility component then the parent carer is eligible for an EHIPs. We use DLA and PIP as our eligibility criteria as this is a way of us determining that the child has a disability without having to undergo an assessment. Although we use Department of Works and Pensions (DLA and PIP) as our eligibility, EHIPs are not part of the Benefit System; they are solely administered as part of our Short Breaks Local Offer.

We will also consider children and young people eligible for an EHIP if they could not access any of our commissioned support without an EHIP, for example a child who could only access one of our activity groups with 1:1 support. This will be determined on a case by case basis for those children and young people on a lower rate or not in receipt of DLA or PIP.

Parent Carers may use EHIPs in a range of different ways but it must provide them with breaks from their caring responsibilities and be meaningful to the child. If a child or young person is not able to access any activity independently or with a carer, therefore the parent carer is unable to receive a break from their caring responsibility, then EHIPs is not the best way of supporting the child or young person. In this situation we would be very happy to complete an assessment or to signpost families to providers outside of our short breaks local offer.

Parent Carers or any professional can contact the team directly to refer for EHIPs

EHIPs are managed by the Children with Disabilities Short Breaks Team.

For full guidance about EHIPs please see the EHIPs Parents/Carers guidance document below.

If you would like to apply for EHIPs please contact CWD Short Breaks Team on 01625 378083 or email shortbreaksteam@cheshireeast.gov.uk

Service Details

Cheshire East Council
Service Type:
Services for Carers
Age Range:
Children and young people up to the age of 18
Is a referral required?:
Accepted referral methods:
  • Self referral
  • Via CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services)
  • Via GP or Health Professional
  • Via Jobcentre Plus
  • Via Early Years setting
  • Via School
  • Via College or post-16 provider
  • Via Children’s Social Care
  • Via Adult Social Care
  • Via Cheshire East Housing Options Team
  • Via Voluntary Agencies
  • Via Youth Offending Team and/or Youth Prevention Team
  • Via Youth Support Service
Areas covered in Cheshire East:
  • All Areas of Cheshire East

Opening Times

Days service available:
Opening Times - Monday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Tuesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Wednesday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Thursday:
9:00 - 17:00
Opening Times - Friday:
9:00 - 4:30
Opening Times - Saturday:
Opening Times - Sunday:
Additional Opening Times:


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This page was last updated on 04 February 2019

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Contact Details

Contact Name:
CWD Short Breaks Team
General contact details
01625 378083