Closurse of Independent Living Fund

Frank Black made this Freedom of Information request to East Sussex County Council

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Dear East Sussex 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, East Sussex County Council

 

 

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FOI Request ref:  4475 / Closurse of Independent Living Fund

 

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Amilia Holland

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East Sussex County Council

Communities Economy and Transport Directorate

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

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Dear Mr Black,

 

FOI Request ref  4475 / Closurse of Independent Living Fund

 

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REQUEST

 

1)       Will monies transferred from the closure of the Independent
Living Fund to your  local authority be ring fenced to Independent Living
Fund 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 Independent Living Fund 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
Independent Living Fund  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 Local Aunthority's may usually advise and
be family  members  too?

 

RESPONSE

 

 

1)      As we do not yet have specific details from the Government about
how ILF monies will be transferred we cannot give a definitive answer to
this question at this point in time.  However, bearing in mind that the
ILF have indicated that in the first year transferred monies will not be
ring-fenced (and we have no information at all about subsequent years)
then it is not expected that ESCC will ring fence the monies as such
although at transfer it is anticipated that clients will continue with
their existing level of funding. 

Going forward, the East Sussex County Council’s Reconciling Policy
Performance and Resources process gives full consideration to many
financial issues, which culminates on the authority’s budget being set by
full County Council in February each year. The issue of future ILF funding
will be considered during this process.

 

2)      ESCC practitioners are attending ILF transfer reviews jointly with
the local ILF assessor wherever possible.  It is anticipated that post
June 2015 ex-ILF clients will remain on their current package and will be
subject to our usual social care review schedule.  Thus clients can expect
a social care review and potentially a revised Support Plan within 12
months of ILF closure (bearing in mind the ILF schedule for transfer
reviews it is more likely to be within 12 months after March 2015).

 

3)      We will endeavour to support ex-ILF recipients with their care
choices.  However, given the financial pressures faced by local
authorities it is possible that we will be unable to fund some existing
arrangements.  Broadly speaking, going forward, we anticipate that ex-ILF
recipients will becomes subject to the same rules as all other Adult
Social Care clients.  However, ESCC does note the ILF / ADASS guidance and
will, as far as possible, seek to work in a personalised way that
minimises or mitigates any negative impact on clients.

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

Amilia Holland

Customer Information Adviser

 

East Sussex County Council

Communities, Economy and Transport

W1D, County Hall

St Anne’s Crescent

Lewes

East Sussex BN7 1UE

 

Phone: 01273 482913
Fax: 01273 481208

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