closure of Independent Living Fund

Paul Taylforth made this Freedom of Information request to St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

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Dear St Helens Metropolitan 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,

Paul Taylforth

Contact Centre, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

Thank you for your recent request for information, which will be treated
as a request under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

Your enquiry has been given a reference number 20140916-00439-1. Please
quote this reference in any future correspondence with us concerning this
matter.

In accordance with the Act, a response will be sent to you within 20
working days from the date following the receipt of the request.

Kind regards,
St. Helens Council
01744 676789

------------------------ Original Email -------------- Received On:
14/09/2014 09:47:37 GDT
Subject:Freedom of Information request - closure of Independent Living
Fund

Dear St Helens Metropolitan 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, Paul Taylforth
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St.Helens Council, St Helens Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth,

 

Please find St Helens Council's response to your recent Freedom of
Information request regarding the closure of the Independent Living Fund
on June 30th 2015.

 

1. There are currently no national plans to ring-fence this funding stream

2. Currently, throughout the Transfer period, the ILF assessors and care
managers are undertaking joint reviews. This is to ensure a consistency of
message and to help manage people's anxieties and expectations. The
Council's financial assessment officers are also involved in this process.
There should therefore be a seamless transfer of services as at 1st July
2015 onwards. Annual reviews following the ILF transfer will be in
accordance with the eligibility criteria of the Local Authority operating
under the legal obligations of the Care Act.

3. All users will be considered on an individual case-by-case

basis.

 

I hope this addresses the points in your letter

 

Yours  sincerely

 

Caroline Barlow

St Helens Adult Social Care and Health

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