Closurse of Independent Living Fund

Frank Black made this Freedom of Information request to Dorset County Council

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Dear Dorset 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

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Dear Mr Black
I am writing further to your email below.

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) have stated that they will transfer funding in 2015 to local authorities. For Dorset residents, this currently represents a maximum amount around £1.1m to £1.2m per annum for 59 people; however the guaranteed sum for transfer will not be known until the beginning of 2015 by which time ILF reviews will have been held on all recipients. The funds transferred in 2015 will not be ring fenced. The approach from the County Council will be that this will be transferred to the Adult and Community Services Budget as part of the budget strategy.

We have a dedicated ILF Contact Officer who has attended area meetings and coordinates the transfer process.
The Contact Officer has met with the local ILF assessor and ensures, that as each person's review is due, that there is a representative from one of the social work teams present at the review. The aim is that each person's review is personalised and that the procedures for the ILF closure is explained on a one-to-one basis in a manner that is understandable to the individual in order for a co-produced plan to be developed.

If you are not completely satisfied with my response, please contact me again, or write to the complaints officer at: Dorset County Council, County Hall, Colliton Park, Dorchester, Dorset DT1 1XJ. Or you can follow the complaints procedure that can be found on our website www.dorsetforyou.com at http://212.104.140.176/index.jsp?article... If your appeal is not resolved to your satisfaction, you have the right to apply to the Information Commissioner for a decision.

Yours sincerely

Freedom of Information Team
Dorset County Council

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