The Minister for Disabled People, Mark Harper, today (30 January 2015) announced the reappointment of Michael Boyall as a Member of the Board of Trustees of the Independent Living Fund. He will serve a further term from 1 February 2015 until the full closure of the Fund after June 2015.
About the Independent Living Fund
The Independent Living Fund is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It operates as a discretionary trust managed by a board of trustees appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions.
The Independent Living Fund is wholly funded by the DWP and the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland and provides financial support to severely disabled people who wish to live independently in the community. Help is provided in the form of cash payments to individuals, which are used to buy personal care and/or domestic assistance, providing greater opportunities for choice and control in their individual care arrangements. They work in partnership with local authorities to devise joint care packages.
On 6 March 2014 the then Minister for Disabled People, Mike Penning, announced that the Fund would close from 30 June 2015 with funding devolved to local government in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. The Independent Living Fund has carried out an extensive programme of transitional review activity to ensure that every current user has individually-agreed arrangements in place for transferring their care packages to local authorities. The reappointment of Michael Boyall, who is the current Treasurer, will enable the Independent Living Fund to continue to benefit from expert experience and stability during this transitional period.
There are 7 existing trustees who are remunerated according to their position within the Trust and entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable and proper expenses incurred in carrying out their duties.
The Independent Living Fund’s address is:
Independent Living Fund
PO Box 7525
Michael (Mike) Boyall is an ombudsman at the Financial Ombudsman Service and a qualified accountant. He is also a magistrate. He was previously Deputy Director at the Department of Trade and Industry and Official Receiver at the Insolvency Service.
Mike Boyall has not declared political activity and does not hold other ministerial public appointments.
All public appointments under the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice are made on merit, and political activity plays no part in the selection process.
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