Our most frequently asked questions about Disability Support Funding. If you can not find the answer to your question here, then please call our CEC on 0508 462 427.
What can I use my funding for?
If you are using Enhanced Individualised Funding (EIF), Enabling Good Lives (EGL) hosted personal budgets, Flexible Respite Budgets or Flexible Disability Supports (FDS) the Ministry of Health released updated funding guidelines in 2018. There are four criteria: It;
- Helps people live their life or makes their life better
- Is a disability support
- Is reasonable and cost-effective
- Isn’t subject to a limit or exclusion
So, you can use your funding to cover the cost of your support (hours of work or services provided by a support person or support provider). You can also use your funding to cover costs that your support worker incurs while providing support to you.
If your support person drives you to an activity such as swimming in their own car, you can claim any entry fees for your support person and mileage for the trip. You cannot claim any entry fees for yourself or mileage if you use your own car.
If you need a computer, cell phone or tablet to help you manage your funding, you can use your funding to pay for this with some restrictions (you can only fund ONE device every three years). So, you can buy a computer (under $1200) and MS Office using funding, but not a gaming computer, desktop publishing or gaming software as you do not need these to manage your funding. The main use of the device and software must be for managing your funding.
You would like your staff to do some training, for example, a first aid course or an NZQA qualification. You can use your funding to pay for this.
What can’t I use my funding for?
You cannot use your funding to buy services or utilities that a person would reasonably be expected to pay for if they did not require Home and Community Support Services, such as:
- bills, such as power, gas, telephone and internet costs (unless internet costs have been specifically approved)
- general household fittings, furniture and whiteware, standard electrical goods and consumer products
- food, groceries and other common household goods (unless this is for the support worker to use)
- mortgage payments or rent
- general vehicle purchases, modifications or maintenance
- house, contents, life, or other insurance
- Travel costs such as fuel, plane, train, bus or taxi fares (unless this is for the support person)
- paying off personal debts
- donations to charitable or church organisations
- professional services unrelated to the Home and Community Support Services or the management of the individualised funding arrangements
- complementary therapies and non-government funded or subsidised health treatment
Individualised Funding also cannot be used to:
- increase the personal income of the person or their household
- purchase personal advocacy services
- purchase anything that is illegal; and/or
- purchase goods or services that are the responsibility of other government agencies or publicly funded organisations such as GP visits, therapies, Behaviour Support and Child Development services