closure of Independent Living Fund

Frank Black made this Freedom of Information request to West Sussex County Council

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Dear West Sussex County 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

Freedom of Information Act, West Sussex County Council

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Yours sincerely,

 

Dave Loveman

Customer Relations Team Manager

 

 

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Maggie Lucey, West Sussex County Council

Dear Mr Black,

 

I am writing in response to your Freedom of Information request of 16
September 2014. Please see below for the relevant responses.

 

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?

 

No. West Sussex County Council does not operate any ring-fencing within
social care.  Resources are available for people based on their eligible
social care needs which change over time.

 

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).

 

Transfer reviews are currently underway, usually attended by a social
worker/care manager as well as an ILF assessor.  These make available to
the local authority full details of the support package funded by ILF.  In
most cases, these support plans will continue following closure of ILF,
with arrangements made for West Sussex County Council to “pick up” the
elements of support currently funded by ILF, using a Direct Payment where
possible.  Support plans will change only following a re-assessment of
need.

 

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?

 

This will be looked at on a case by case basis and if higher payments than
would normally be allowed are in place, it is likely that transitional
arrangements would be made.  There are a number of Direct Payments already
in place where family members are paid to provide care – where there could
be issues is where a family member living in the same household is paid to
provide care.  If ILF monies are being used to purchase care from an
agency and this is at a higher rate than paid by West Sussex County
Council, we would expect appropriate reductions to take effect at or close
to 1/7/2015.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Maggie Lucey

Data Management & Access Officer - Information Liaison Officer

 

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Maggie Lucey | Data Management & Access Officer | West Sussex County
Council
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