Work and Income New Zealand
- Talk to a Case Manager at your local Work and Income (WINZ) office about what benefits you may be eligible for such as Invalids Benefit, Disability Allowance and Accommodation Supplement.
- If you receive a benefit you will need an IRD tax number and a bank account in your own name.
- You may want to discuss having a friend or family member to help you when talking with your Case manager at WINZ – ask about an Agent’s Authority. This is useful if you are having difficulty communicating your needs or understanding the forms or information. You do not require welfare guardianship to act as an agent for a person under the age of 18. (See Advocacy and Support section for more information on welfare guardianship).
- You may want to discuss having a friend or family member to help you when talking with the Inland Revenue Department – ask about nominating a person or agent. This is useful if you are having difficulty communicating your needs or understanding the forms or information. For more information go to www.ird.govt.nz.
- Find out about future employment support – refer to the Employment section of this book.
Is there any other income support for costs relating to my disability?
- Contact your Case Manager to discuss eligibility to receive a Disability Allowance.
- Discuss with your GP or the Practice Nurse about the Disability Allowance.
- Keep a folder of all your receipts relating to your disability costs.
- Consider whether you could do some part-time work and discuss with a Case Manager at WINZ about how this may work for you.
- Consider community funding options such as Lotteries commission or visit www.fis.org.nz or visit www.dia.govt.nz
I may need help with managing my money, where can I go?
- Talk with the Citizens Advice Bureau about budget advice services available.
- Talk with a Case Manager from WINZ about budget advice services.
How much money am I entitled to?