Once the Support Plan has been agreed with the Local Authority and the Individual Budget finalised the individual is at liberty to use the money allocated in very flexible ways so long as it achieves the outcomes as agreed in the Support Plan and is consistent with the rules the local authority has in place.
Historically the money has tended to be used for the purchase of support hours but now it is possible to use the money much more creatively.
Some people may still want to purchase hours of support whereas others may use their money in different ways. There are examples of people buying a computer to help them shop on line, buying a membership of a leisure centre to help them stay fit and well, pay for their ironing to get done or for a cleaner to help them maintain their house in good order.
Someone has used their money for art classes to help maintain good mental health. You can spend your money on what makes sense for you so long as it meets your needs and is consistent with the outcomes agreed in your support plan.
Here are good examples of how some people have used their money.