closure of Independent Living Fund

Frank Black made this Freedom of Information request to Wiltshire Council

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Dear Wiltshire 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, Wiltshire Council

Dear Mr. Black,

Request for Information – reference RFI - ENQ02538-REQ001

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Yours sincerely

Corporate Information Team
Governance
Wiltshire Council
Bythesea Road
Trowbridge
BA14 8JN

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Tilley, Lesley, Wiltshire Council

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Dear Mr Black

Request for Information – reference RFI - ENQ02538-REQ001

Thank you for your request for information received 16 September 2014.

In response to your request officers have provided 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?

Answer:
The Government has recommended that funding is not ring fenced and that local authorities are required to meet the care needs of all disabled people in a consistent way. Wiltshire Council will be confirming whether they agree with that approach, or whether they are going to ring fence the funding, by January 2015 at latest.

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).

Answer:
Wiltshire Council intends to complete assessments with all ILF recipients and agree new support plans between January and March 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?

Answer:
This has not yet been determined.

Wiltshire Council has not withheld any information in relation to this request under the exemptions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

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Yours sincerely

Lesley

Lesley Tilley (Mrs)
Corporate Information Officer
Governance Team
County Hall
Tel. No. 01225 718467
Email: [email address]
Website: www.wiltshire.gov.uk

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