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Help for New Applicants

Obtaining an application form

Applications can only be made by completing an ILF application form. You should be able to obtain one of these from your local authority social services department.

You can also download a copy of the application form to print out yourself.

Alternatively you can contact ILF Customer Services, and they will send you one directly with an information leaflet that gives information about the Fund.

Completing the application form

The application form consists of 2 parts. The first part must be completed by either yourself, your benefits appointee or someone who has Power of Attorney to act on your behalf. It asks for some personal details, and a little background information about your disability and the type of things you need help with.

The second part must be completed by your local authority social worker. They are required to give their contact details, confirm that you meet the criteria, and make a declaration concerning the value of services they are willing to provide you with as part of the proposed joint care package.

It is important that the full postal address, including postcode for your residence and the social services office is given on the application form. Failure to do so will cause delays processing the application.

Please check that all relevant sections of the form are completed before sending in the application.

Submitting the application form

The fully completed application must then be sent to the ILF at the Nottingham address which is
ILF, PO Box 7525, Nottingham, NG2 4ZT.

Please note that the application cannot be accepted unless both parts of the form are completed.

What happens next?

When the completed application form is received at the Nottingham office, and your eligibility has been verified, the Fund will allocate to you one of its Independent Living Fund Assessors (ILFA) who will be based in your area.

They will contact your local authority social worker to arrange a convenient time to do a joint assessment of your needs.

Following the joint visit, all the relevant information will be returned to the Nottingham office where the Fund's administration staff will calculate how much the Fund will be able to contribute towards the cost of the care that you need.

If your application is successful you will be sent an offer letter detailing how the cost of the joint package has been calculated, along with 2 forms that you will need to complete and return before payments can commence.

These forms ask for details of the bank account you would like the money to be paid into, and details of the care you have employed.

How much money will I get?

At this stage we cannot tell you.  Awards are calculated based on the actual cost of meeting your needs - for example, the cost of using an agency, or the amount it would take to pay a person's wages for providing personal assistance.   We work this out at the assessment visit.

The current maximum weekly payment the ILF can pay is £455.



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