closure of Independent Living Fund

Frank Black made this Freedom of Information request to Reading Borough Council

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Dear Reading 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

FOI, CRT, Reading Borough Council

Dear Mr Black

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act (2000). In accordance with the Act, you can expect to receive a formal response to your enquiry by the 10th October.

Yours sincerely,

Neil Bullough
Customer Relations Officer
Customer Relations Team
Level 5, Civic Centre, Reading, RG1 7AE
Tel: 0118 937 2726 Internal Ext: 72726
Complaints Line: 0118 937 2905
E-mail: [email address]

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FOI, CRT, Reading Borough Council

Dear Mr Black,

 

Thank you for your request for information under the provisions of the
Freedom of Information Act (2000). Your request and our response are shown
below:

 

 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?

 

As far as we are aware there is no mandatory ring fencing of the ILF
money. Each service user currently in receipt of an ILF payment will be
assessed in line with the local authorities eligibility criteria and a
support plan will be drawn up to ensure identified and eligible needs are
met.

 

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).

 

Social workers have been completing joint visits with ILF recipients and
representatives from the ILF to discuss the process and answer any
questions. A further individual review meeting without ILF staff is
planned for all recipients in Winter 2014 / 15 to draw up a support plan
which will meet eligible needs post ILF. It is hoped that these support
plans will be agreed by all parties prior to Easter 2015 to provide for a
seamless transfer when the ILF ceases payments in June 2015.

 

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?

 

Decisions will be made on a case by case basis and we will be mindful of
individual’s current arrangements, but we will need to ensure future
arrangements sit within our Direct payment policy.

 

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Information Commissioner’s Office

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Yours sincerely

 

 

Neil Bullough

Customer Relations Officer

Customer Relations Team

Level 5, Civic Centre, Reading, RG1 7AE

Tel: 0118 937 2726        Internal Ext: 72726

Complaints Line: 0118 937 2905

E-mail: [1][email address]

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