Closurse of Independent Living Fund

Paul Taylforth made this Freedom of Information request to Kirklees Borough Council

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Dear Kirklees 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

Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

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Freedom Info, Kirklees Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth

 

Further to your recent request for information relating to the above,
which has been dealt with under the Freedom of Information Act 2000.

 

Please find the Council’s 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?

 

Central Government will not be ring-fencing the money from ILF for the
specific purpose of ILF recipients. They have left it up to local
authorities to make a decision as to what they do with the monies from the
ILF transfer. These monies will go to the central finance department of
Kirklees Council and a decision is likely to be made in February 2015, in
line with overall budget decisions.

 

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).

 

A designated Social Worker has been working with all ILF service users who
are known to the local authority. The Social Worker has been out on review
meetings with ILF and has also undertaken full Community Care Assessments
of all ILF service users. The next stage of work for this dedicated Social
Worker will be to complete the care plans for all ILF service users and
that phase will begin from January 2015. We are also currently planning
the stages of implementation of the transfer for next year.

 

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?

 

To date, there has not been any decision made as to special dispensation
for any ILF service users but each case will be looked at on an individual
basis. This would need to form part of the implementation planning process
that the authority will be undertaking in the new year.

 

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Yours sincerely

 

Information Access Team

Legal & Governance

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Telephone: 01484 221000

 

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