The Independent Living Fund (ILF), the Association of Directors of Social Work (ADSW), and the Scottish Government are pleased to announce the publication of a joint code of practice.
The ILF launched its transfer review programme on 2 April 2013 to best support ILF users throughout the transition of their support from 1 April 2015. The code of practice aims to enhance the effective delivery of the transfer review programme by setting out 10 key principles, which support partnership working between the ILF and local authorities in Scotland.
Chief Executive of the ILF, James Sanderson, and ADSW President, Sandy Riddell, both commented on the publication of the code.
James Sanderson said:
I am pleased we have agreed this code of practice through collaboration with the ADSW and the Scottish government, underlining our clear commitment to support ILF users in Scotland through the transfer into new arrangements from 2015.
Sandy Riddell added:
Both ADSW and the Scottish government welcome the opportunity to work with the ILF on this code of practice. We are committed to continue this partnership to support existing ILF users through the transfer of their support, alongside our consideration of potential new arrangements in Scotland.
The code of practice takes account of feedback gathered during the consultation on the future of the ILF and subsequent engagement with local authorities and disabled people and their organisations. It will enhance the delivery of the transfer review programme, which will ensure that local authorities and ILF users have a clear picture of the outcomes being secured though their existing packages of support.
The ILF commenced the transfer review programme on 2 April and aims to complete it by 31 December 2014, in advance of the ILF closing on 31 March 2015.
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Notes to editors
- The ILF is an executive non-departmental public body of the Department for Work and Pensions.
- The ILF makes cash payments to 18,200 disabled people with high support needs in all parts of the UK to assist with meeting the cost of the support they require to achieve independent living.
- The number of people in receipt of ILF payments in Scotland is 3,200. The current forecast expenditure in Scotland for 2013 to 2014 is £52.4 million.
- The ILF provides financial assistance under the terms of a single publicly financed discretionary Trust Deed – The Independent Living Fund (2006), governed by a board of 7 Trustees.
- On 18 December 2012 the UK government announced it will close the ILF on 31 March 2015 and transfer responsibility for supporting ILF users to local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.
- In Scotland, the Scottish Government will be issuing a consultation paper shortly on future arrangements for ILF funding transferred to the Scottish Government from April 2015.
- The ILF launched its transfer review programme on 2 April 2013 to deliver an effective transfer of support for ILF users. In response to feedback from the consultation on the future of the ILF, it sent users in each country of the UK a step by step guide explaining how the transfer programme will support them through this transition and how the process will work.
- The 6-stage transfer review programme includes a face-to-face visit from an ILF independent assessor to discuss users’ current support arrangements with them and their local authority. This discussion will be used to produce a comprehensive and outcome-focused support plan to assist users and their local authorities to discuss support arrangements from April 2015.