Closurse of Independent Living Fund

Paul Taylforth made this Freedom of Information request to North Somerset Council

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Dear North Somerset 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

FoI, North Somerset Council

Dear Mr Taylforth,

Thank you for your request under Freedom of Information Act.
Your request has been allocated reference FOI20140857 and we will respond by the 20th working day which is 10 September 2014. Please quote this reference in any correspondence with us relating to this matter.
Yours sincerely

Lucy Collis
Information Governance Admin Assistant
Information Governance Team
North Somerset Council
Castlewood, Clevedon
Tel: 01934 634609
Fax: 01934 634884
Email: [email address]
Web: www.n-somerset.gov.uk

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Donna Miles,

Dear Paul,

Freedom of Information Request - FOI2014-0857

Thank you for your request for information under the Freedom of Information Act. Please find our response to your questions below.
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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?

Yes funding will be ringfenced.

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).

As part of the original consultation process we have reviewed all ILF clients in preparation for this, and will ensure seamless transfer to LA.

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?

Yes.

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In line with the Freedom of Information Act (2000) and the Freedom of Information and Data Protection (Appropriate Limit and Fees) Regulations 2004, the Council reserves the right to charge for disbursements, such as photocopying and postage. However, on this occasion no fee will be charged.

Please note that the Freedom of Information Act only provides you with a right of access to recorded information. Any information subject to copyright will continue to be protected by the Copyright Designs and Patents Act (1998). This includes information which is copyright of the council. Disclosure of any information by the council to you does not provide you with any rights to use or distribute the information in breach of any copyright.

North Somerset Council now considers that it has complied with your request. However, you have a right to appeal if you are dissatisfied with our response. In the first instance you should address your appeal for a review of the response or our handling of your request in writing to:
Mr Jeff Wring Head of Audit and Assurance, The Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, Somerset, BS23 1UJ.

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome of the Council’s internal review, you have a further right of appeal to the Information Commissioner. You can request a review of the council’s decisions by contacting:

The Information Commissioner, Wycliffe House, Water Lane, Wilmslow, SK9 5AF.

Kind Regards

Donna

Donna Miles
Finance & Resources Service Manager (Adults & Housing)
People & Communities Directorate
North Somerset Council
Tel: 01275 884068
Fax: 01275 884356
Post: North Somerset Council, PP22, Town Hall, Walliscote Grove Road, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1UJ
Web: www.n-somerset.gov.uk

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