Further update on the Scottish position on the ILF

Further update on the Scottish position on the ILF

Welfare Reform
Two weeks ago Mike Penning announced the UK government’s decision to go ahead with the closure of the Independent Living Fund from June 2015 for users in England and Wales.  Existing funding would be transferred to local authorities and users would become dependent on local authorities assessment of their need and a subsequent allocation of resources. The situation in Scotland is quite DIFFERENT.  The funding for existing ILF user will be transferred to the Scottish Government with effect from June 2015 and they have made a COMMITMENT to honour all existing awards for as long as funds continue to be transferred to them.  This means that existing ILF users will be protected in the short term.    Future decisions will depend on financial settlements in the long term  and the current…
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Minister confirms Independent Living Fund to close from June 2015

Minister confirms Independent Living Fund to close from June 2015

Welfare Reform
The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is to close from 30 June 2015, with local authorities taking responsibility for delivering support through the mainstream adult social care system. Minister for disabled people, Mike Penning, confirmed the new arrangements for the fund, which helps disabled people to live independent lives. The 18,000 current users of the fund in England will now transfer from ILF to the social care system. Mr Penning said: ‘Our understanding of disabled people has changed over the past 20 years, and along with it there have been significant developments in how we provide social care to disabled people so they can live independent lives. ‘We continue to spend £50bn a year on disabled people and the services provided to them, and as part of the government’s long-term economic…
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Personal Independence Payment Statistics

Personal Independence Payment Statistics

Welfare Reform
The Department of Work and Pensions has published statistics on the take up of the new benefit. Most of the figures relate to new claims rather than reassessments so the claims are mainly for people under the age of 25. The national figures go into a lot of detail about particular conditions.  So we now know that throughout the UK, there have been successful claims from 2,858 people with Down’s Syndrome and 354 people with Fragile X syndrome For people with autism, there were 17,257 people with autism and a further 9.764 with Asperger’s Syndrome. The figures for Scotland did not go into so much detail and only gave the global category for people.  There were 2,444 awards for people with learning disabilities and 2,234 for people with autism. The…
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Are thousands of supported tenancies under threat?

Are thousands of supported tenancies under threat?

Welfare Reform
David Orr, chief executive of the National Housing Federation suggests that the decision in George Osbourne's Spending Review that Housing Benefit for social housing should be capped at the same level as private sector could reduce supported tenancy housing benefit payments by up to £100 per week. As there is no Local Housing Allowance for supported housing in the private rented sector,  this seemingly minor, technical amendment could lead to virtually all supported housing for people under 35 to disappear,  as many  housing associations, councils and voluntary organisations rely on Local Housing Allowance to make up the additional costs. Orr is lobbying to have this changed and says "We are told that it is not the intention of the Government to cause this problem for housing association running supported housing.…
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