Closurse of Independent Living Fund

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

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Dear Norfolk 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

Norfolk County Council

Freedom of Information Act 2000 and Environmental Information Regulations
2004

Dear Mr Taylforth

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Deacon, Sharon, Norfolk County Council

Dear Mr Taylforth,

 

I refer to your request for information dated 12 September 2014.  In
accordance with the provisions of the Freedom of Information Act 2000, I
have now processed your request. Please see below the answers to your
questions in blue.

 

Your Request

 

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?

 

No.  Following the closure of ILF money will not be ring fenced to ILF
recipients in our area.

 

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).

 

Our social care teams are working with ILF and have been attending
individuals joint reviews with ILF in preparation for its closure. 

 

In addition, leading up to July 2015, our staff will be undertaking annual
reviews on people already known and receiving services from Norfolk. 
These reviews and support planning will be taking into account the fact
that these individuals will no longer be receiving ILF after July 2015,
and as a result peoples Personal Budget allocations will need to be
reviewed and amended where it is needed.

 

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 would want to ensure that wherever possible existing carer arrangements
would be able to continue but this would need to be reviewed and decided
on a case by case basis.

     

 

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Kind Regards

Sharon

 

Sharon Deacon

Information Compliance Officer

Norfolk County Council

Room B18

County Hall

Norwich

NR1 2DH

Direct Line: 01603 222170

 

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