Dear Sefton 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
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
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Dear Mr Taylforth,
Thank you for your Freedom of Information request that we received on the
14^th September 2014.
The answers to your questions are highlighted below in bold text.
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? At present no decision has been made. The council are
considering actions that will be required to respond to the changes that
have been made, and will be preparing papers to present to elected members
in the next few months. Currently a time frame for this has not been
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) We are currently working with the teams to determine actions
that are required to carry out assessments of recipients. At present, a
date for the completion of these assessments has not been agreed, or
whether any funding will be ring fenced.
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? As yet, the local
authority have made no decisions in relation to the contractual rates of
pay that are currently utilised. Decisions relating to the costs
associated with current care provision will be made at a later date.
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