Closurse of Independent Living Fund

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

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Dear Gateshead 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

informationrights, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

I refer to the request, which you have made under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 for records held by this service.

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Information Rights Officer

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Sarah Terrill, Gateshead Metropolitan Borough Council

Dear Paul

I refer to the Freedom of Information Act 2000 and to your email to this service dated 10th September 2014.

In accordance with the Freedom of Information Act, we have formally decided to grant access to the records requested and accordingly they are as follows:

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?

Monies will be ring fenced.

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).

Process . We agreed in 2013 a programme of joint reviews between user/carer/ILF worker, SW and finance staff for each person. Thus, the reviews pending the closure of the fund in June 2015 will be conducted in the same manner , and will build on and update from the previous reviews.

Each review will deliver an updated care plan as this is part of our usual practice and we will be consistent in this approach as this is part of our quality control procedures of review practice. Timescales for reviews will be adhered to in line with the national transfer timescale. We will be attending stakeholder events that are planned with ILF for the autumn in the region .

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?

We will consider each case on its merits regarding personalised support. Continuity of care is important to us , but we will be mindful of our legal duties and responsibilities in this area.

The information provided in response to your request is copyright Gateshead Council unless otherwise endorsed. Granting access to this information under the Freedom of Information Act does not permit you to re-use the information provided for commercial purposes, for photocopying or reproduction in any form. If you wish to re-use the information you need to apply for a Licence. You can do this by writing to Tanya Rossington, Information Rights Officer, Legal and Corporate Services, 1st Floor, Civic Centre, Regent Street, Gateshead, NE8 1HH. You may be required to pay a fee or comply with conditions for permitted re-use.

Should you have any queries regarding the contents of this letter, please contact Sarah Terrill on 0191 433 0191 433 2478.

Yours faithfully

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