Can my award be increased to cover the cost of paying the National Minimum Wage for Personal Assistants?

ILF Scotland, as part of its commitment to support recipients, who employ personal assistants (PAs), to be good employers, will consider requests to increase awards to cover statutory employment costs.

As the organisation is obligated to act strictly within its existing policies and guidelines, any decision in relation to this area will be made on an individual and case by case basis. More information can be found on this area by looking at policy 18.

 

Can my award be increased to cover the cost of paying pension auto enrolment for Personal Assistants?

ILF Scotland, as part of its commitment to support recipients who employ personal assistants (PAs), to be good employers, will consider requests to increase awards to cover statutory employment costs.

As the organisation is obligated to act strictly within its existing policies and guidelines, any decision in relation to this area will be made on an individual and case by case basis. More information can be found on this area by looking at policy 18.

 

Can my award be increased to cover any increased overnight support costs for Personal Assistants?

ILF Scotland, as part of its commitment to support recipients, who employ personal assistants (PAs), to be good employers, will consider requests to increase awards to cover statutory employment costs.

As the organisation is obligated to act strictly within its existing policies and guidelines, any decision in relation to this area will be made on an individual and case by case basis. More information can be found on this area by looking at policy 18.

 

Can my award be increased to cover the cost of paying the Scottish Living Wage to my Personal Assistants?

ILF Scotland will increase your award to enable you to pay the new Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.75 for every active (wakened) hour of daytime support you receive from your personal assistants.

For overnight hours of support the hourly National Minimum Wage rate (currently £7.83) will still apply.

ILF Scotland will also provide you with an additional amount of money so that you can back date the payment of the Scottish Living Wage to the 1st May 2018. You must pass this payment on to your personal assistants. If you use a payroll agency, you should contact them requesting their support in calculating how much back pay your personal assistants are due.

 

If my award can be increased to cover the cost of paying the Scottish Living Wage to my Personal Assistants, when will I be able to do this?

Communication has now been sent in writing to recipients asking them if they want to agree to an offer of an increase in award in order to become Living Wage employers. If you wish to accept the offer then you don’t need to do anything and the money will be paid within the next four weeks and then you will be able to pay this to your personal assistants immediately after this.

However, if you decide that you do not want to accept the offer of an increase in award for this purpose, then you must notify us stating that you do not want this increase.

You can notify us by telephoning us on 0300 200 2022, by emailing enquiries@ILF.scot or in writing to ILF Scotland, Denholm House, Almondvale Business Park, Almondvale Way, Livingston, EH54 6GA.

 

If my award can be increased to cover the cost of paying the Scottish Living Wage to my personal assistants, what does ILF Scotland expect from me?

The increase in award is offered on the understanding that you pay your Personal Assistant the new minimum hourly rate of £8.75 for every active (wakened) hour of daytime support. It is not to be used for other purposes, e.g. for additional hours of support, and any unauthorised use would be reclaimed as an overpayment or as unspent monies. You are still required to maintain your financial records of payments as normal.

If you have any further questions or enquiries please don’t hesitate to contact your Specialist Caseworker on 0300 200 2022 or via enquiries@ILF.scot

 

If I use my ILF award to pay a care provider to support me, can my award be increased to facilitate payment of the Scottish Living Wage?

We will not be applying blanket uplifts for provider support going forward, but will manage things through ILF Scotland Award Managers on a case by case basis, and through one of two possible approaches:

1. ILF Scotland’s assessors will assess recipients’ awards for SLW compliance as part of their routine assessment visits. Where non-compliance is identified, it will be addressed. However, please note that we will use local framework rates as guidance.

2. ILF Scotland Award Managers can, at any time, request from ILF Scotland an uplift to their rate to facilitate payment of the SLW. Where appropriate, we will authorise and implement this uplift.

If you have any further questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact your Specialist Caseworker by phoning 0300 200 2022 or by emailing enquiries@ILF.scot