The Independent Living Fund (ILF) and the manner in which it operates have been reviewed. The Independent Living Fund was established in 1988 as a transitional arrangement to provide cash to support high dependency people living at home.
The review came to the conclusion that changes do need to be made but that the ILF will remain in its present form until at least 2009/10. Click here To read the seven page Executive Summary.
When a care provider takes on staff they apply for an Enhanced Disclosure from the Criminal Records Bureau which includes the name of the potential staff member being checked against the current POVA list.
However, because Enhanced Disclosures can take anything up to many months, potential staff are not prepared to wait around for such lengths of time, as they need to earn money, so� a new service the Povafirst service was introduced.
The service enables care providers to check potential carers against this list in advance of a full Enhanced Disclosure and can allow a carer to begin work.
This service however, for which there is a �7.00 fee, was only meant to be used as an emergency service. However, many care providers are using it as a routine procedure in an effort to stabilise staff numbers and to retain interested applicants who otherwise are unable to work whilst they wait for their Enhanced Disclosure to come through.
For the period November 2004 to December 2006, the magazine Community Care reveals that the Povafirst service processed 441,992 applications.
This is a costly procedure for care providers and would not be necessary if a faster turnaround of the Enhanced Disclosure procedure was speeded up.
New post is commencing in East Sussex. Elderly lady, salary �558.00pw inc. Care Manager Ruth Divey.
New post has commenced in the Channel Islands. Male with Cerebral Palsy, salary �550.00 plus full travel expenses. Care Manager Ruth Divey
Reviews have taken place in Devon and Berkshire. Assessment visits have taken place in Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Hertfordshire.
Carer interviews are being held in Banbury today.
1.75 million Clients received services during 2005/6.
37,000 adults received funding via Direct Payments.
The March/April edition of the Able Community Care Gazette is now published. Ring 01603 764567 for a free copy.
We hope you have enjoyed reading this and "see you next week".
Angela Gifford, Proprietor
Able Community Care.