closure of Independent Living Fund

Paul Taylforth made this Freedom of Information request to Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust

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Dear Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust,

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

infogov t-sd (TORBAY AND SOUTHERN DEVON HEALTH AND CARE NHS TRUST), Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust

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Email: [email address]
Direct Line: (01803) 210507
Our Ref: TSD2356

Dear Mr. Taylforth

Request for Information TSD2356

Thank you for your request for information regarding the Independent Living Fund. Your request was received on 16th September 2014 and I am dealing with it under the terms of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

A response to your request for information will be sent to you promptly and in any event no later than 14th October 2014.

I attach for your information a copy of our leaflet “How to Access your Information”.

Our website www.tsdhc.nhs.uk provides information on how we handle requests for information and our Guide to Information can be found by following the Freedom of Information link on the home page www.tsdhc.nhs.uk.

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

Yours sincerely,

Kevin

Kevin Pointer
Information Governance Officer
Telephone: (01803) 210507 (Internal 58507)

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust
Bay House
Riviera Park
Nicholson Road
Torquay
TQ2 7TD

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Pointer Kevin (TORBAY AND SOUTHERN DEVON HEALTH AND CARE NHS TRUST), Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust

Email: [email address]
Direct Line: (01803) 210507
Ref: TSD2356

Dear Mr Taylforth,

Request for Information TSD2356

I am writing to confirm that we have now completed our search for the information you requested on 16th September 2014 in relation to ILF funding provisions. I can confirm our responses to your questions are as follows:

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?

I can confirm that we are currently scoping the impact of the proposed changes with a view to managing a longer term policy via a project team. Will we look to include clients and third sector colleagues in this process.

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 expect clients to receive a minimum of an annual reassessment. Clients will have a reassessment of their needs together with a review of care and support required to meet their agreed outcomes in line with our current practice.

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?

We would anticipate their current level of needs would be fully reassessed in line with policy and funding would be agreed accordingly. The ILF monies for these individuals is likely to continue through 2015/16 unless there has been a change in needs, individual outcomes or funding stream e.g. NHS Continuing Healthcare funding.

If you wish to discuss any of the above, please contact me, quoting the TSD reference number above.

If you are unhappy with the way in which we have handled your request, please contact the Information Governance Manager in the first instance. If you wish to make a formal complaint, you should write to our Complaints Manager at Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust, Bay House, Nicholson Road, Torquay, TQ2 7TD.

If you are not content with the outcome of your complaint or the internal review, you may apply directly to the Information Commissioner for a decision. Generally, the Information Commissioner will only make a decision once you have exhausted the complaints and/or internal review process provided by us. The Information Commissioner can be contacted at: The Information Commissioner’s Office, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF.

Yours sincerely,

Kevin

Kevin Pointer
Information Governance Officer
Telephone: (01803) 210507 (Internal 58507)

Torbay and Southern Devon Health and Care NHS Trust
Bay House
Riviera Park
Nicholson Road
Torquay
TQ2 7TD

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