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Published: June 9, 2022
Last Amended: 01 June 2022
Date of next Review: 01 June 2023
To be eligible for ILF Scotland funding, recipients must not have capital exceeding £29,750. This is in line with the thresholds used by Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCS) in Scotland for residential care charging.
2.0 Definition of Capital
The ILFS definition of capital includes:
- One off lump sum payments
- Investments (not including annuity payments which are regarded as income)
- Property/land (apart from the home a user/applicant lives in)
Recipients with capital above £29,750 will not be eligible for ILF Scotland funding.
4.0 Disregard of Capital
ILF Scotland disregard the capital of people claiming the following benefits:
- Income Support;
- Income based Jobseeker's Allowance;
- Income based Employment and Support Allowance;
- Pension Guarantee Credit.
Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) conditions for receipt of these benefits is sufficient to confirm capital limit eligibility for an ILF Scotland Fund award.
4.2 Capital set aside for impending disability-related purchases
ILF Scotland can disregard the value of capital set aside specifically for impending disability related purchases, which could include, for example, equipment or home adaptations. In these circumstances, ILF Scotland will arrange for one of its Assessors to visit the recipient, and will ask to see evidence of the planned expenditure.
4.3 Vaccine Damage Payments
Any capital a recipient or applicant receives as a result of being awarded a Vaccine Damage payment is disregarded in full, whether held in a trust fund or not.
5.0 Deprivation of Capital
ILF Scotland will consider a recipient as having capital where they have purposely deprived themselves of capital in order to receive or continue to receive money from ILF Scotland.
6.0 Capital held in Trust
- Be a beneficiary under a trust fund
- Have funds administered through the Public Guardian (Scotland) or the Office of Care and Protection (N Ireland)
- Receive payments from the Thalidomide Trust
We refer to all of these as ‘trust funds’. The capital from a Trust Fund may affect someone’s eligibility for ILF Scotland funding. If relevant capital held in a trust fund exceeds £29,750, there will be no eligibility for ILF Scotland funding.
ILF Scotland will consider the implications of trust funds on ILF Scotland funding on a discretionary and case by case basis.
ILF Scotland Assessors or Specialist Caseworker can refer decisions, as required to its Management Team.
7.0 History Review
Version 1: 1 July 2015
Version 2: 1 October 2018
Version 3: 1 June 2022