Managing my award
How can I use my award?
Please see the section on ‘Your responsibilities’ for more information on how you can use your award.
Do I need to keep records?
Yes, please see the section on ‘Your responsibilities’ for more information on what records you need to ensure you keep in relation to your ILF Scotland award.
Can I use a payroll agency to help with the management of financial paperwork for my award?
Yes, you may choose to use a payroll agency to assist you with the management of financial paperwork for your award. ILF Scotland will consider paying a reasonable contribution towards the cost of using a payroll agency to manage your award. Please don’t hesitate to contact the Specialist Caseworker team if you need any more information or have any further questions regarding this.
Can someone else manage my award on my behalf?
If you feel that you are no longer able to manage your own award and you would like someone else to manage your award on your behalf, then we will most certainly consider this. This person will need to be your benefits appointee or someone who has power of attorney or guardianship. However, depending on individual circumstances, this may be someone else.
As long as we have the agreement of both you and your nominated award manager, this person will then have the responsibility of administering payments and the management of the award. As always, if you have any concerns or questions regarding this please do not hesitate to contact our Specialist Caseworker team.
What is ILF Scotland's view with regards to a Power of Attorney?
ILF Scotland promotes the right of disabled people to be as independent as possible in their decision making . It is explicit in Policy 26, ‘Managing An Award’, that we assume that a disabled person has capacity. Where a form of substitute decision making is necessary, ILF Scotland expects that the choices and wishes of the disabled person are fully taken into account and every effort and aid to communication has been used to find out and act upon the disabled person’s wishes.
ILF Scotland recommends that fund recipients consider creating an Anticipatory Care Plan when they have the capacity to plan for foreseeable future care needs. For more information please see http://www.gov.scot/Publications/2010/04/13104128/1
ILF Fund recipients are advised that having a Power Of Attorney in place is considered good practice in Scotland if it is foreseeable that their capacity to make welfare and or financial decisions may decline. A Power of Attorney does not necessarily start when granted to the attorney, it can start when the disabled person is assessed as lacking capacity (as defined by the Adults with Incapacity (Scotland) Act 2000). For further information on Power of Attorney please see http://www.publicguardian-scotland.gov.uk/power-of-attorney ILF Scotland staff can assist fund recipients and their carers if they have any enquiries regarding Power of Attorney, but cannot offer advice on which options to choose. Therefore, please obtain legal advice from a solicitor.
For fund recipients and carers considering granting an Enduring Power of Attorney in Northern Ireland, please see https://www.nidirect.gov.uk/articles/managing-your-affairs-and-enduring-power-attorney and https://www.courtsni.gov.uk/en-GB/Services/OCP/EPA/Pages/default.aspx for further information and contact details.