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Quinquennial Review 2001

It is Government policy that all non-departmental public bodies should be regularly reviewed to determine whether their functions are necessary and whether they are organised and managed in such a way as to allow the most efficient and cost-effective delivery of their objectives.

This review was conducted by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) following a public consultation exercise and after consulting with Department of Health, the former Department for Education and Employment, (the relevant part of which is now incorporated within DWP), Department for Social Development Northern Ireland (who themselves liaised with the NI Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety), HM Treasury, the Scottish Executive, the National Assembly for Wales, and of course the Trustees and management of the Independent Living Funds (ILFs) themselves.

We received over 1,600 responses from ILF clients and 60 responses from other organisations, individuals and Government departments. We also had regard to the DH review of guidance to LAs in England on charging regimes for social care, and to the charging and means-testing proposals made in relation to the Supporting People scheme.

We considered the basis on which the work of the ILFs and how they are sponsored might be undertaken. We reviewed the management and accountability of the Funds, and also looked at all the policies governing the way in which entitlements to ILF awards are determined and paid.

It is clear from the responses to the public consultation, particularly from their clients, that the ILFs are perceived as providing a valuable service. Naturally there are areas where people believe that changes should be made. We believe that the Funds form a vital part of overall Government provision for severely disabled people and that the function should continue. We do though recognise the arguments in favour of greater alignment with LA charging regimes, about incentives to work and encouraging greater independence and support in moving away from Income Support.

Our recommendations, set out below, are designed to improve those aspects without a major increase in expenditure which would put us outside our Terms of Reference. However, we believe that the changes we recommend will, if accepted, address many of the issues raised by respondents and represent a significant improvement in ILF provision for disabled people.

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