Closurse of Independent Living Fund

Frank Black made this Rhyddid Gwybodaeth request to Bracknell Forest Borough Council

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Dear Bracknell Forest Borough Council,

Following the new decision by the Government to close the ILF
(Independent Living Fund) on June 30th 2015 and devolve funding to
Local Authorities, please could you answer the following
questions.

1: Will monies transferred from the closure of the ILF to your
local authority be ring fenced to ILF recipients in your area? If
no decision has yet been taken, what is the process and timescale
for this happening?

2: Please could you state the process and timescale for meeting
with current ILF recipients to prepare personal care plans for 1st
July 2015 onwards (bearing in mind the assessments at the Transfer
Review visits only indicate desired outcomes and do not produce an
actual care package).

3: Will you be making any special dispensation for allowing ILF
users to continue to employ their current & in many cases long
standing carers of many years, bearing in mind some may be paid a
higher rate than what LA's may usually advise and be family
members
too?

Many Thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Frank Black

Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

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Dear Frank Black

Thank you for your request for information, below, which was received by the Council on 08/09/2014 and I will deal with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000. The FOI Act obliges us to respond to requests promptly, and in any case no later than 20 working days (by 6/10/2014) unless it is necessary to consider the public interest, in which case a full response must be provided within such a time as is reasonable in the circumstances and I will write to you again if this occurs.

If you have any queries about this letter, please contact me. Please remember to quote the reference number above in any future correspondence.

Yours sincerely

Information Compliance Team
Legal Services
Corporate Services Department
Bracknell Forest Council
Tel: 01344 352000
Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]
Web: www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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Information Compliance-Officer, Bracknell Forest Borough Council

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Dear Frank Black

 

I am writing to confirm that the council has completed the processing of
your request for information which was received on 8 September 2014.

 

Please find below a copy of your request, followed by the Council’s
response.

 

Request

Q. Will monies transferred from the closure of the ILF to your local
authority be ring fenced to ILF recipients in your area? If no decision
has yet been taken, what is the process and timescale for this happening?

A. Money received from the ILF will be used to continue to support
historic ILF recipients, as agreed as part of the transfer and review
process. However, we are concerned that the allocation to be transferred
will not be sufficient to meet the costs of care so the Council may have
to make additional contributions. As such, there are no plans to formally
ring-fence the money.

 

Q. Please could you state the process and timescale for meeting with
current ILF recipients to prepare personal care plans for 1st  July 2015
onwards (bearing in mind the assessments at the Transfer  Review visits
only indicate desired outcomes and do not produce an actual care package).

A. From January 2015 and following the completion of reviews with ILF
recipients, Council practitioners will assess each person using the new
minimum eligibility criteria set by the Government and where appropriate
work with ILF recipients to revise their support plans aligned to eligible
needs where applicable. Following this, for revised and non-revised
support plans practitioners will follow departmental funding procedures in
advance of the June closure so that individuals affected by the ILF
transfer continue to receive support for their eligible needs. 

 

Q. Will you be making any special dispensation for allowing ILF users to
continue to employ their current & in many cases long standing carers of
many years, bearing in mind some may be paid a  higher rate than what LA's
may usually advise and be family members too?

A. People eligible for support are helped to make choices about how and
who they wish to be supported. This will continue within the local
authority standards and procedures.

 

 

 

If you have any queries about this matter please contact me. Please
remember to quote the reference number above in any future communications.

 

 

If you are unhappy with the service you have received in relation to your
request and wish to make a complaint or request a review of our decision,
you should use the Comments, Compliments and Complaints procedure which
can be found at

http://www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk/your-...

 

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the
ICO cannot make a decision unless you have exhausted the complaints
procedure provided by the Council. The Information Commission can be
contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water
Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Sent on behalf of;

Simon Heard

Solicitor

Information Compliance Team

Legal Services

Easthampstead House

Town Square

Bracknell

Berks

RG12 1AQ

 

Tel: 01344 352000

DD Tel: 01344 353107

 

Email: [Bracknell Forest Borough Council request email]

www.bracknell-forest.gov.uk

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