Independent Living Fund (ILF) transition
Following the decision by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday 6th November, the Department for Work and Pensions are not now able to follow their proposed plans to close the ILF at this time. On the basis of that decision we have now been informed by the ILF that “any and all closure related activity must stop with immediate effect”
This will mean that until further notice Hampshire County Council will also have to stop any activity relating to the ILF closure and will therefore be cancelling all arranged joint reviews with the ILF and will not be arranging any others until further notice. We sincerely apologise for any distress or inconvenience that this may cause.
We will continue to keep you updated through this Hampshire County Council ILF Transition web site and will contact you in writing as soon as we aware of any new developments.
What this will mean for you
Around two years from the time of their last ILF review, ILF will write to all current ILF users to tell them when their transfer review visit is to take place. In some cases visits will need to take place sooner than the two year date, but the ILF will write to you to let you know if this is going to happen.
A Social Worker from Hampshire County Council will be invited to meetings where the ILF users is known to us, which will provide the ILF user with a key opportunity to discuss their current care needs with the representatives of both ILF and Adult Services at the same time.
Following the review meeting the ILF will confirm what support they are able to provide to you until March 2015. The Social Worker will discuss with you how Adult Social Care Services may be able to support you after March 2015.
We hope that we will be able to offer you all the support you need throughout this process but you may have questions that you do not wish to discuss with ILF or Hampshire County Council. If this is the case, or you want to talk to someone who is also an ILF user or their carer, then members of the ILF Transition Group have agreed to act as ‘peer support’ for other ILF users. Their contact details are below and they are happy for you to get in touch with them.
Tom Dowsett is a 26 year old ILF user that manages his own budget and PA payroll. Tom can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Robert Droy works at SPECTRUM Centre for Independent Living and is a member of the ILF National Service User Group. Robert can be contacted at email@example.com
Maurice Jackman is an ILF user parent/carer for his autistic daughter with severe challenging behaviour and learning disability, who has had considerable experience of managing finances and budgets. Maurice can be contacted on 01425 404135 or at Harpenden House Flat, Honey Lane, Burleigh, Hampshire, BH24 4BX.
Ted Parker lives in North Hampshire with his wife and daughter and is an ILF user carer. Ted can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Bernard Pearcey is an ILF user parent/carer and trustee. He attends the Blue L.I.G. meetings as a carer and is also the Chair of a Registered Charity, supporting adults attending Day services in Hart Rushmoor. Bernard can be contacted at email@example.com
Ross Smith is a specialist disability consultant with years of experience of using various services including the Independent Living Fund, together with expertise in advising and supporting individuals through the transition process. Ross can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Helen Tilbury has been directly employing PA's using DP and ILF funding for more than 10 years. Helen can be contacted at email@example.com
Sue Windess is an ILF user parent/carer. Sue can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ann Woods is a mother (carer) of an ILF user and is chair of Andover and District Mencap. Ann can be contacted at email@example.com
Keeping you updated
We will ensure that all known Hampshire based ILF users are kept informed of what we are doing writing to you when we need to let you know about any changes and by revising the webpages with regular updates of our progress to date.
Letters sent to known ILF users
8 August 2013 - Letter for ILF service users with peer support contacts 15 kB
30 April 2013 - Letter for ILF service users 30 kB
Updates on what we have done
Adult Services will:
- work with every individual ILF user known to them and their families and carers to ensure that their transition from ILF to Hampshire Adult Services is managed as smoothly and effectively as possible
- develop a ‘ILF Transition Working Group’ and will work with ILF users as experts by experience and organisations that support people with disabilities to co-produce and manage a strategic transition plan for the transition of ILF users to Hampshire Adult Services
- ensure that all ILF users are kept up to date on the transition as we commit to communicating with you and providing you with quality, relevant and timely information that will support you to make your decisions for the future
- ensure each ILF user will receive a person centred assessment from Hampshire Adult Services, and will be supported to develop an individual care and support plan by a named social care worker who is knowledgeable of both ILF and person centred approaches. Information on Hampshire Adult Services assessment process and eligibility criteria will be provided to all ILF users
- support all ILF users through their transition from the ILF, ensuring that following their transition, all ILF users will have the choice of services and the level of control in managing those services they require
- work with ILF users to ensure the services they choose are both personalised and appropriate to their needs
- enable access to independent peer support and advocacy for ILF users
- develop a review and appeals process that will consider any issues an ILF user raises during their transition that cannot be agreed with their named social worker
- support ILF users in a non-discriminatory and professional manner that acknowledges, respects and responds positively to the needs of diverse individuals and will demonstrate courtesy and respect for individuals, sensitivity to their personal situation and experiences, and takes into account their individual needs in a dignified and confidential manner
ILF Transition Group
Hampshire County Council Adult Services want to work with ILF users to ensure that the transfer of individuals from ILF to Hampshire County Council is as smooth as possible and have set up a strategic working group of ILF users and Adult Services Officers.
The group will meet quarterly and will work on a strategic transition plan and will also work in ensuring that communication to all ILF users is as comprehensive and effective as possible.
View the Terms Of Reference 40 kB for further information on the groups purpose.
30 September - Personalisation Expert Panel (PEP) meeting notes 15 kB PEP are part of the Transition Group
26 June - meeting notes 19 kB
18 June - meeting notes 15 kB
Following the decision by the Court of Appeal on Wednesday 6 November, the Department for Work and Pensions are not now able to follow their proposed plans to close the ILF at this time. On the basis of that decision we have now been asked by the ILF that all documents they have issued in relation to the closure of the ILF should not longer be used.
We have therefore removed all letters and documents received from the ILF in respect of the proposed closure of the ILF from this website until further notice. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause”