I had been caring for Mum for 10yrs before I'd even heard of Direct Payments for respite and sit in services. Last year was my first "renewal" so I contacted my local authority 1month before the anniversary of these payments. That first renewal was a nightmare. Instead of each payment having to last 12months, one had to stretch to 14months, the other 15months. This year I've begun my renewal campaign earlier but am still hitting the same issue. 38days in and I still cannot get a Social Worker allocated! Has anyone else had these issues?