Closurse of Independent Living Fund

Paul Taylforth made this Freedom of Information request to Gloucestershire County Council

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Dear Gloucestershire 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,

Paul Taylforth

Freedom of Information questions/information requests, Gloucestershire County Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

 

Request for Information (Reference 14/FOI/8743)

 

Thank you for your request for information for closure of Independent
Living Fund, received on 10 September 2014. Your request is being
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Gloucestershire County Council

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Freedom of Information questions/information requests, Gloucestershire County Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

Request for Information (Reference 14/FOI/8743)

 

I am pleased to provide a response to your request for information:

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?

 

Answer: the ILF funding will not 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).

 

Answer:  Any current recipient of ILF will have their needs reassessed
using the eligibility criteria within the agreed timescales, and this is
likely to be between January to March 2015, with FAB (Finance and
Benefits) assessments in April 2015 after the benefits rate change.

 

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?

 

Answer:  Individuals who have an assessed need and allocated a personal
budget to meet those needs can choose to manage their own care
arrangements through the use of Direct Payments.  It is unlikely that
special dispensation would be made for ILF users, but their personal
circumstances will always be taken into account at the point of assessment
by GCC staff

 

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relation to this request under the exemptions of the Freedom of
Information Act 2000 (FoIA).

 

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Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Steve

 

Steve Taylor
Information Officer

Information Management Service
Gloucestershire County Council
Shire Hall, Westgate Street, Gloucester GL1 2TG

Tel: 01452 425186

 

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