Closurse of Independent Living Fund

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

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Dear Durham 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

Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

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Freedom of Information, Durham County Council

Please find attached response to your Freedom of information request
received on 9^th September 2014.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Information Management Team

 

 

Reference Number: FOI20142094FB 26-Sep-14

 
Date Received: 09-Sep-14
You Requested: Requestor: Frank Black

 
 

 

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.    Monies transferred to this authority following the closure of the
ILF will be given transitional protection in line with published
guidelines. Decisions about continuation of funding once the protection
has ended will be made on a case-by-case basis by Care Co-ordinators using
a formal review process which addresses individual needs and eligibility.

                                           

2.    A revised joint review programme is currently being launched with
the intention of ILF staff visiting any recipients of the fund who have
not received a visit since 2 April 2013. Care Co-ordinators and the
Council’s ILF Finance Officer will jointly attend each review. Following
the formal ILF review, all service users will receive a formal Social Work
review between Autumn 2014 and March 2015. The aim is to continue with the
same level of service received in June 2015 until a further
review/reassessment is undertaken later in 2015/16.

 

3.    If individuals opt to continue to employ their current carers they
will be offered the opportunity to receive a Direct Payment. We will work
with each ILF recipient on a case-by-case basis, discussing their options
so that an informed choice can be made on how best to proceed.

 
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Exemptions Applied: 

 

None

 
The Public Interest Test:

 

Not applicable

 
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Lawrence Serewicz

Principal Information Management Officer

Information Management Team

Durham County Council

 

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