Closurse of Independent Living Fund

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

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Dear Lewisham 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

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

Many Thanks.

Yours faithfully,

Paul Taylforth

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth
Re: Freedom of Information Act 2000
Environmental Information Regulations 2004
Reference No: 286688
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Dear Foi,

Please can you chase up my request thanks.

Yours sincerely,

Paul Taylforth

Foi, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth
Thank you for your email. I apologise that your request has not been
processed on time. I have contacted the service and will update you as
soon as I hear back from them.
Wendy Stevens
Corporate Information Team

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Eisha Mahoney, Lewisham Borough Council

Dear Mr Taylforth,

Thank you for your request for informatiom, made under Freedom of
Information, in relation to ILF monies. The Council is treating your
request as 'business as usual' as it doesn't require the production or
provision of recorded data.

The Council isn't yet in a position to answer your questions as no formal
decision have been made. On 23 October, Lewisham Council is hosting an ILF
event which is being attended by service users, local authorities, support
agencies and other volunatry sector organisations. At the event, we
will discuss the administration of ILF monies coming to Councils next
year. Once that event has taken place, we will be in a better position to
discuss with those residents affected what should happen in the future and
make some local decisions.

I hope, for the time being, this is satisfactory. If I can be of any
further assistance, please feel free to contact me. 
Kind regards, 

Mark Watson - Community Services Customer Relations
Phone:020 8314 8974 [1][email address]


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