from local authorities
Closure of the ILF
How will the funding be transferred
Since the announcement on 6 March 2014, after June 2015 – yearly or monthly?
we have had a number of questions from
This is a matter for DWP to discuss with
local authorities about the practicalities
CLG or the relevant body in each country,
between now and then. Hopefully this
but our initial understanding is that it will
information sheet will address some of
be a one-off payment within the broader
delegation amount to the local authority.
What is the mechanism for applying
What will the transferred budget be
for funding to support ILF users after
now that the ILF is not closing until
Funding in respect of former ILF users
The UK Government previously
from 2016-17 onwards will be decided
announced that £262 million will be
in the next spending review and will be
available for the 2015/16 financial year
agreed through the established process
following the closure of the ILF. The new
for agreeing local authority/delegated
decision means that the ILF will continue budgets from Government.
to make user payments until 30 June
Will users be given funding to cover
2015. DWP will therefore discuss the split the month of June and then local
of funding for that year with the relevant
should be ready to release funds to
The ILF will provide DWP, the Department users by July?
for Communities and Local Government
Yes, the ILF will make payments to users
(CLG) and the Devolved Administrations
for the period up to 30 June 2015.
with a financial breakdown of ILF user
funding by local authority/country as at
30 June 2015.
Please continue to contact us
The money will not be ring fenced to
with your questions at:
individual ILF users, it will be for the Local
Authority and devolved administrations
in Scotland Wales and Northern Ireland
to decide on how funding is awarded
following the closure of the ILF.
Group 1 users
especially, with the Group 1 users, who
have been on a higher rate of funding
Will local authorities be informed about compared to Group 2?
who their Group 1 users are again?
Individual funding decisions will be a
The ILF started collecting consent from
matter for the local authority, through
group 1 users to share details with local
authorities again in April 2014. We
their normal assessment process. We
anticipate being able to share their
are collecting and sharing alignment
details with local authorities from June
information on users to try to assist local
onwards, and we will contact you once
authorities with information that may
the information is available.
be helpful to them in understanding the
packages and desired outcomes of the
When will Scottish local authorities
individuals that will transfer.
know who their group 1 users are?
Although Group 1 users have a higher
Due to the decision in Scotland to
maximum sum than Group 2 users, the
establish a Scottish Independent Living
average Group 1 award is only marginally
Fund (SILF) following the closure of
higher than the average Group 2 award
the ILF, we will not be sharing any
so on the whole the packages should
information with local authorities in
not be a great deal higher. The current
Scotland as the consent we gathered is
average Group 1 award is £402.76 and
no longer valid. This is because it was
the average Group 2 award is £313.22.
collected on the basis that users would
transfer to their local authority, which is
not now the case.
What will the Government’s
When we allocate group 1 visits
expectations be for English local
in Scotland, the user will have the
authorities who will be managing the
opportunity to tell us whether they would funds in future?
like their local authority to be invited
to the visit, however, we will not share
The rationale for the closure is that
copies of the support plans or undertake
social care support will be managed
any data transfer on group 1 users in
through one mainstream system. Our
understanding is that the government
does not have separate expectations in
It is likely that the ILF will need to
relation to ex-ILF users, simply that they
undertake a wider consent exercise with
are supported within the mainstream
all users in Scotland, to gain consent to
transferring their details to the SILF. This
will depend on the structure and status of In terms of handover, what support will
the SILF. We will write to all Scottish local be given by ILF after the transfer?
authorities if this is required.
The ILF will close on 30 June 2015,
As funding will not be ring fenced
although a small lights out team will
once under the local authority’s
remain to close the building etc, we will
control, are local authorities/devolved
not be able to provide a service beyond
administrations going to be left to
this date. We are currently working with a
manage the risks/users concerns,
number of local authorities to design the
final information and support handover
package and intend to meet with all local What will happen for users visited
authorities before we close to ensure they between 6 November 2013 and 6 March
have the information they require prior to 2014?
30 June 2015. We have also had initial
discussions with the Scottish Government You should have received a copy of the
to understand the practicalities of transfer documentation we are planning to send
in Scotland and will continue to develop
out to these users (and are currently
these plans with them.
piloting), if you have not, please let us
know and we will arrange a copy for you.
Users visited between these dates did
Where can I find a copy of the equality
not have a discussion about potential
analysis that DWP published?
alignment issues in preparation for being
transferred, as this decision had not been
made. Our independent assessor did not
publications/closure-of-the-independent- talk to users about how they would like to
receive and manage support in the future.
How will redundancy payments for
This means that users did not have the
personal assistants be funded, in the
opportunity to answer some questions
event that the support they provide
about how they would like their care
falls outside of local authority eligibility
to be provided from 1 July 2015. The
criteria/different policy decisions in
ILF is piloting a scheme to collect this
information at the moment, contacting
We understand that users will be required 250 users to discuss these specific issues.
to meet their obligations as an employer. The results from this pilot will be used to
inform the approach for the other 3,750
Our policies allow us to support users
users in this situation and we will let you
with redundancy payments in certain
know the outcome.
circumstances. This would only apply
where it is necessary for a user to make
We have included Scottish users in
an employee redundant before 30 June
this pilot as, even thought the transfer
2015 and one of the factors considered
arrangements are different, it is still
in a redundancy payment request is the
important to collect the information
reason for the redundancy. It must be
about future support from users, to be
remembered that the ILF funding will
able to share this with the SILF.
continue until 30 June 2015 and we will
request details of why the PA is being
made redundant when our funding is still
The amount of support available depends
on whether the user continues to be
eligible for ILF funding or not: if they do,
payments are subject to the restriction of
the maximum sum that the ILF can pay.