Closurse of Independent Living Fund

Paul Taylforth made this Freedom of Information request to Hull City Council

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Dear Hull City 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

Information Governance, Hull City Council

Dear Mr Taylforth,

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request - 001537/14

 

We acknowledge receipt of your information request received on 11
September 2014 which is being processed according to the Freedom of
Information Act (2000).

 

The legislation allows us 20 working days to respond which takes us to 9
October 2014.  There are some circumstances under which this deadline may
be extended legally but we will inform you as soon as we know if these
apply.

 

 

Questions

 

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?

 

 

 

 

 

Should you wish to complain about our response in any way, then this must
initially be done through the Council’s internal review procedure.  Please
contact the Corporate Feedback Team: Freepost RSJC-KKBE-ABXZ, Customer
Feedback Team, Hull City Council.  P.O. Box 15, Hull, HU1 2AB.  Telephone
(01482) 300300, Textphone (01482) 300349. E-Mail
[1][email address].

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review then you
may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the
government body established to enforce the legislation.  Their details are
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625
545700, Email: [2][email address], web site
[3]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

 

The Council’s Freedom of Information Policy, which includes the charging
policy, is available on request and from the web site
[4]www.hullcc.gov.uk.  Also available is a booklet on ‘Accessing
Information from Hull City Council’ which explains how to request
information and your rights (according to the Data Protection Act 1998 and
The Freedom of Information Act 2000).

 

 

 

 

Yours sincerely,

 

 

 

 

Information Governance Team

Town Clerk's Service

Resources Directorate

Hull City Council

Tel: 01482 300300

[5]Hull - UK City of Culture 2017

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Information Governance, Hull City Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

 

Freedom of Information Act 2000 – Information Request - 001537/14

 

With regard to your Freedom of Information request received on 11
September 2014, please find our response below.

 

 

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?

 

The ILF transfer monies have not been ring fenced by government and in any
case are only payable for the first year.  Furthermore the Care Act which
will be in force by then places a duty on local authorities to make sure
access to social care is equitable, fair and is based on one universal set
of eligibility criteria.  It would not be in keeping with this duty to
treat one group of customers differently to another and so all assessments
and support plans will be completed according to the national criteria;
which means that existing ILF recipients will have a full review to agree
their personal budget.

 

 

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).

 

The timescale for this is 1 January to 31 March 2015 to enable any
planning or appeals to take place.

 

 

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?

 

Rates of pay for personal assistants vary enormously, with the ILF
currently paying (in Hull) between £6.19ph and £13.80 ph for an agency
worker for a customer with complex needs. Having consulted with our fairer
charging team, we have a guide rate of £8.08 ph although there is some
flexibility in this depending on individual needs and circumstances.

 

 

 

 

 

We hope that you will be satisfied with our response and should you
require any further information then please do not hesitate to contact
us. 

 

 

Should you wish to complain about our response in any way, then this must
initially be done through the Council’s internal review procedure.  Please
contact the Corporate Feedback Team: Freepost RSJC-KKBE-ABXZ, Customer
Feedback Team, Hull City Council.  P.O. Box 15, Hull, HU1 2AB.  Telephone
(01482) 300300, Textphone (01482) 300349. E-Mail
[1][email address].

 

If you are not satisfied with the outcome of the internal review then you
may take your complaint to the Information Commissioner’s Office, the
government body established to enforce the legislation.  Their details are
Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, Cheshire, SK9 5AF, telephone 01625
545700, Email: [2][email address], web site
[3]www.informationcommissioner.gov.uk.

 

The Council’s Freedom of Information Policy, which includes the charging
policy, is available on request and from the web site
[4]www.hullcc.gov.uk.  Also available is a booklet on ‘Accessing
Information from Hull City Council’ which explains how to request
information and your rights (according to the Data Protection Act 1998 and
The Freedom of Information Act 2000).

 

 

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Yours sincerely

 

 

 

 

Information Governance Team

Town Clerk's Service

Resources Directorate

Hull City Council

Tel: 01482 300300

[6]Hull - UK City of Culture 2017

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