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 Living Wage to my Personal Assistants?

As part of measures to tackle low pay, the Scottish Government has given a commitment that, from the 1st October 2016, social care workers will be paid a minimum of the Living Wage of £8.25 p/hr for all waking daytime hours worked. ILF Scotland have now been given approval by Scottish Ministers to enable Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipients who directly employ Personal Assistants to pay the Living Wage for every active (wakened) hour of daytime support. However, any increase in an ILF award will be offered within the terms of current ILF Scotland policies.

 

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 increase will be backdated to 1st October 2016.

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 £8.25. 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 have now been given formal authorisation by the Scottish Government for the implementation of the Scottish Living Wage for those recipients who use their funding to purchase support from a care provider.

If your ILF award has not already been reviewed and amended to facilitate the Scottish Living Wage, we will offer you a 6% increase to your current ILF rate, which will be backdated to the 1st October 2016 and which relates to the Scottish Living Wage rate of £8.25. You will need to contact your care provider and, if you use one, your payroll agency to organise the payment of the backdated amount.

An additional increase of 2.5% will be offered to your ILF rate from the 1st May 2017 in relation to the increase in the Scottish Living Wage to £8.45.

However, if your ILF award has been recently reviewed and amended to facilitate the Scottish Living Wage, we will not be able to offer a further increase.

Any increase to an ILF award is offered within existing ILF Scotland policies, and therefore this increase, if offered, may result in some recipients exceeding the maximum permitted ILF award. If this affects you, a visit will be arranged as soon as possible and one of our assessors will be in touch with you.

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