closure of Independent Living Fund

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

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Dear Wokingham 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

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Dear Frank Black

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 5697

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Wokingham Borough Council

Dear Mr Frank Black

RE: Freedom of Information Request Ref No: 5697

Thank you for your recent communication, please find detailed below the information in response to your request.

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?

No decision has yet been taken lead officers attending the LGA workshops on ILF

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).

All current ILF recipients have been identified and reviews of care are being scheduled

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?

A full assessment will be undertaken and a personal budget set we actively encourage the use of direct payments and will provide brokerage support as required to meet assessed need. We would always try where possible to maintain support where this has been established but cannot promise to do this without looking at value for money.

This concludes our formal response to your request. If you are dissatisfied with our response, you can request for it to be reviewed by contacting Mary Severin (Borough Solicitor) at Wokingham Borough Council, Governance & Improvement Services, Civic Offices, Shute End, Wokingham RG40 1WR or emailing: [email address] detailing the reasons why you are dissatisfied with the response.

Requests not resolved at that stage can be escalated to the Information Commissioner at: Information Commissioner's Office , Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire SK9 5AF.

For further information, please visit: www.ico.gov.uk

Yours sincerely

Information Governance Team

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