"Will new requests for a Direct Payment still be accepted by Southampton City Council?"

Yes, although it may take longer to process.  It will be back dated to the date you were authorised to receive a Direct Payment budget.

"Will existing Direct Payment Personal Budgets still be paid?"

If you are currently receiving a Personal Budget for your caring role then this will continue.

If your Personal Budget was being used to purchase services for your personal care then it will still continue.