closure of Independent Living Fund

Paul Taylforth made this Freedom of Information request to Swindon Borough Council

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Dear Swindon 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,

Paul Taylforth

Customer Services, Swindon Borough Council

Thank you for your email which has been forwarded to the FOI office for response.

Kind regards

Customer Services
Swindon Borough Council
Wat Tyler House
Swindon SN1 2JG
Phone: 01793 445500

E-mail: [Swindon Borough Council request email]
Website: www.swindon.gov.uk

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Sally Jansen, Swindon Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

 

Ref Freedom of Information Request  101000508145

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding the Closure of
the Independent Living Fund dated 15^th September 2014. 

 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council has a
duty to respond ‘promptly’ or no later than 20 working days, which in this
case is 13^th October 2014.

 

If you have any queries about this, please contact me as detailed quoting
the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

Sally Jansen

 

Sally Jansen ([1][email address])

Freedom of Information & Data Protection Coordinator

Adult Social Care / Children & Families

Swindon Borough Council

Tel: 01793 466824

Web: [2]www.swindon.gov.uk

 

 

 

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Sally Jansen, Swindon Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

 

Ref Freedom of Information Request  101000508145

 

Further to the email dated 16^th September 2014, please see the response
to your FOI request 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?

 

The funding received will be allocated to the Adult Social Care community
care budget. If there are any requirement to increase funding for any
agreed service user needs this will also be the responsibility of the
Adult Social Care budget.

 

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).

 

The Council is working with the ILF Fund to undertake joint reviews of all
recipients of ILF funding and agree the support plan and funding prior to
the transfer date

 

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?

 

Through personal budgets, individuals chose how their support is delivered
and how their personal budget is used within agreed criteria to meet the
identified needs and outcomes therefore is an individual chooses to use a
current support work/support service at a higher rate, if this is within
their allocated agreed personal budget, then they are free to do so

 

 

 

If you are not satisfied 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 write to:

 

Customer Services

Civic Offices

Euclid Street

Swindon

Website: [1]www.swindon.gov.uk

Email: [2][Swindon Borough Council request email]

 

The complaints/review procedure involves a full review and an examination
of all the information by the Council's Monitoring Officer. 

 

If you are not content with the outcome of our conclusion, you may apply
directly to the Information Commissioner's Office for a decision, before
contacting the Council. Generally, the ICO cannot make a decision unless
you have exhausted the Council's own complaints procedure.

 

The Information Officer can be contacted at:

 

The Information Commissioner's Office,

Wycliffe House

Water Lane

Wilmslow

Cheshire

SK9 5AF

 

Email: [3][email address]

Tel: 01625 545700 (ask for Freedom of Information)

 

If you have any queries, please contact me as detailed, quoting the above
reference number in any future communications.

 

Yours sincerely

Sally Jansen

 

Sally Jansen ([4][email address])

Freedom of Information & Data Protection Coordinator

Adult Social Care / Children & Families

Swindon Borough Council

Tel: 01793 466824

Web: [5]www.swindon.gov.uk

 

From: Sally Jansen
Sent: 15 September 2014 13:46
To: '[6][FOI #229595 email]'
Subject: FOI 101000508145 - Freedom of Information request regarding the
Closure of the Independent Living Fund

 

Dear Mr Taylforth

 

Ref Freedom of Information Request  101000508145

 

Thank you for your Freedom of Information request regarding the Closure of
the Independent Living Fund dated 15^th September 2014. 

 

Under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, the Council has a
duty to respond ‘promptly’ or no later than 20 working days, which in this
case is 13^th October 2014.

 

If you have any queries about this, please contact me as detailed quoting
the above reference number.

 

Yours sincerely

Sally Jansen

 

Sally Jansen ([7][email address])

Freedom of Information & Data Protection Coordinator

Adult Social Care / Children & Families

Swindon Borough Council

Tel: 01793 466824

Web: [8]www.swindon.gov.uk

 

 

 

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