Welsh Government statement on future of Independent Living Fund in Wales

Minister for Health and Social Services Mark Drakeford released a written statement on 13 March 2015 about the future of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in Wales.

Following a consultation at the end of 2014, Mark Drakeford has released a written statement on the future care and support arrangements for recipients of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in Wales from 1 July 2015.

The UK Government announced in March 2014 that it was to close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) on 30 June 2015. At this point responsibility for meeting the support needs of the ILF recipients in Wales will pass to the Welsh Government.

The consultation in Wales ran between 3 October and 23 December 2014 and asked people which of the following four options they preferred:

  1. Setting up a Welsh successor body to the ILF.
  2. Establishing a National Independent Living Scheme.
  3. Transferring responsibility and funding to Local Authorities via their normal funding mechanism; or
  4. Transferring responsibility and funding to Local Authorities via a special grant with conditions set by the Welsh Government.

Having considered the responses, the Minister has decided to implement option 4 (above) whereby local authorities will pay existing ILF recipients their current level of funding. This approach reflects both the need for speed in putting in place arrangements by 30 June of this year and the short term nature of the current funding offer. The grant scheme will run from July 2015 until the end of March 2017.

Funding of £20.4m has already been confirmed for the period July 2015 to end of March 2016. This is based on the number of people receiving ILF when the current scheme closes on 30 June. Funding beyond this date is subject to the next Spending Round.

You can read the full statement on the Welsh Government website.