closure of Independent Living Fund

Frank Black made this Freedom of Information request to Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

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Dear Richmond upon Thames 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

Jane Shields, Richmond upon Thames Borough Council

 

Our Ref: L/JS/e16523

 

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Our Ref: ND/e16523

 

Dear Frank Black,

 

Your request for information which was received on 12 September 2014 has
been considered.

 

Please find our response below.

 

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?

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?

 

Our response:

 

1.    The monies transferred will not be ring fenced but the ILF funding
will be matched following transfer and then subject to review of care
needs in the future.

2.    We have an ILF transition meeting with the DWP on 9 October
following this meeting a transition plan will be formulated which will
include timescales, communication details etc.

3.    See response to 2 above

 

Kind regards

 

Natalie Dewing

Data Protection and Information Officer

Community Engagement and Accountability Team

Adult and Community Services

0208 891 7058

[email address]

 

 

 

 

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