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COVID-19 Guidance

Extending flexibility for Carer Support and Individualised Funding

Flexibility of carer support and individualised funding for eligible people is to continue until February 2023. Carer Support is a subsidy to support full-time carers of disabled people to have a break (respite) from their caring responsibilities. Individualised Funding allows disabled people to directly manage their supports (personal cares, home management and respite).

This flexibility means that people can continue to buy the support appropriate for them within guidelines, instead of being limited by the rules on what support funding can be used for. Guidelines of what you can buy: What People Can Buy with Disability Funding: Ministry of Health NZ | Purchasing Guidelines. For further queries: customerservice@health.govt.nz or phone 0800 855 066 option 4.

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