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Policy 41 - Use of ILF Scotland Funding

Type of document: Policies

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Published: June 9, 2022

Version:   2
Last Amended: 16 July 2021
Date of next Review: 31 March 2022

1.0 Background

The Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland) exists to support independent living1 for disabled people in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

ILF Scotland wants to ensure that the disabled people it funds can exercise choice and control over how they use their funding to help achieve their own independent living outcomes2. We aim to adopt a human rights approach to all that we do and, in particular, we seek to ensure our actions support the realisation of Article 19 of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - “living independently and being included in the community”. Article 19 - Living independently and being included in the community | United Nations Enable

We believe this policy incorporates the principles of Co-operation, Dignity, Informed Choice, Involvement and Participation embedded in the Social Care (Self-directed Support) (Scotland) Act 2013.

2.0 Policy

We understand that recipients will use their ILF Scotland funding differently to help them to achieve the independent living outcomes that are important to them. This policy discusses different types of support that ILF Scotland funding can purchase.

1 Independent living means, “Disabled people have the same freedom, choice, dignity and control as other people at home, at work and in the community. It does not mean living by yourself or looking after yourself on your own. It means the person has rights to practical assistance and support to participate in society and live an ordinary life.” (Independent Living in Scotland Project, 2008).

2 Where we refer to ‘outcome’ in this policy, we mean a result that is important to the recipient.

3.0 Funding from ILF Scotland and HSCP/HSCT

ILF Scotland funds two groups of recipients:

  • Group 1 – ILF Scotland may be the only or majority funder.
  • Group 2 – Joint funding with Health and Social Care Partnerships (HSCPs) in Scotland or Health and Social Care Trusts (HSCTs) in Northern Ireland, who should be the majority funder.

ILF Scotland funds are not designed to meet statutory needs as assessed by HSCP/HSCT . For Group 2 recipients to maintain eligibility for ILF Scotland funding, ILF Scotland expects that the HSCP/HSCT will complete a Self- directed Support (SDS) assessment and subsequently share evidence with ILF Scotland that it continues to meet the ‘Threshold Sum’, which is a minimum amount of funding for support agreed by ILF Scotland. For further details, please see Policy 24 – Statutory Input to ILF Scotland Funding.

ILF Scotland funding is additional to the HSCP/HSCT responsibility and we expect recipients to use ILF Scotland funding to meet additional Independent Living outcomes.

4.0 Support that ILF Scotland funding can cover

ILF Scotland encourages recipients to use their funding flexibly to achieve Independent Living outcomes in a way that suits their individual needs and helps overcome barriers they might face to independent living. This may be different for each recipient and there can be a variety of different ways to use the funding. ILF Scotland funding can help recipients to:

  • have choice and control and to live their life in the way they choose, taking into account risks that may need to be managed
  • be an active citizen by being involved in, and contributing to, things that are important to them
  • be involved in commissioning or recruiting the support they require
  • live with dignity and respect
  • maintain or develop physical, mental and spiritual health and wellbeing
  • participate in community life through work, learning, training and personal interests
  • maintain relationships with family, friends and wider networks

Recipients should discuss and agree how they wish to use ILF Scotland funding with an ILF Scotland Assessor during an arranged review. Any arrangements that ILF Scotland agrees to fund must be lawful in purpose, and assessed by ILF Scotland as appropriate in use.

5.0   Changing the use of ILF Scotland funding

If a recipient wishes to make a significant change to how they use their funding as previously been agreed with ILF Scotland, or they want to achieve different outcomes, they should first discuss this with ILF Scotland. If a recipient is at all uncertain whether a change is ‘significant’ or not, they should always discuss this with ILF Scotland.

ILF Scotland can agree to a change, providing any changes are, in our judgement, demonstrably in the recipient’s best interests and sit within this Policy 41 ILF Scotland’s overall policy framework.

ILF Scotland will consider any proposed changes to a recipient’s use of funding that result in an increased award, in line with Policy 18 – Increases in Awards and Policy 20 – Payments.

5.1         Unspent Monies

Recipients can keep up to one week of their normal ILF Scotland award as a contingency fund to pay for any extra assistance / support but must return any excess funding ‘unspent monies’ to us.

Recipients may, on an exceptional basis, seek to use some of their unspent monies on social care support to maintain their independent living outcomes. We call this a “Flexible Funding” request.

ILF Scotland will only consider a flexible funding request once we receive all unspent money.

Recipients must obtain permission from ILF Scotland to use any unspent money before doing so. We will not approve flexible funding requests retrospectively.

Any requests for flexible funding must sit within this Policy 41 and within ILF Scotland’s current policy framework.

ILF Scotland will not fund arrangements that another public body is responsible for, e.g. Access to Work/Disabled Facilities Grants.

The request must clearly identify the social care support needed to achieve their independent living outcome, already assessed and agreed in their support plan. ILF Scotland Assessors must be satisfied that the request is in the best interests of the recipient and that the recipient agrees and should submit recommendations via a referral to ILF Scotland’s Management Team who will consider all such requests on a discretionary basis.

The proposed arrangement must be safe, legal and appropriate, and should not compromise the reputation of ILF Scotland.

6.0 Keeping Records

Recipients should always keep a clear financial record of how they have used their ILF Scotland funding. Further details are contained in the ILF Scotland ‘Your Responsibilities guide’. ILF Scotland is responsible for the use of its public funds and is accountable to the Scottish Government. ILF Scotland can ask recipients to return any unspent funding or to pay back any funding that ILF Scotland considers to have been misused.

7.0   Things ILF Scotland will not normally fund

ILF Scotland will not normally approve funding for support and services that are the responsibility of another provider / source. Examples of this are:

  • Independent Living Aids
  • Adaptations to a home or home boundaries
  • Communication aids
  • Everyday expenditure such as food or clothing
  • Medical or nursing care
  • Care and support currently or previously funded by a HSCP/HSCT

8.0 Cross References

Policy 18 – Increases in Awards Policy 20 – Payments
Policy 24 – Statutory Input to ILF Scotland Funding Your Responsibilities guide

9.0 History Date Reviewed

Version 1: 1 July 2015
Version 2: 14 January 2021

Explanatory Note

HSCP:                  Health and Social Care Partnership
ILF Scotland:      Independent Living Fund Scotland
SDS:                     Self-directed support
HSCT:                  Health and Social Care Trust (Northern Ireland)

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