Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services, Julie Morgan, has announced changes to the way care is delivered for people previously in receipt of the Welsh Independent Living Grant to ensure they get the support to live independent lives.
Announcing the the Results on Sound Radio Wales after a meeting with Julie Morgan and on his birthday, Nathan Davies thanked both the people who had made representations to the Welsh Government and to those who had listened to their concerns.
Julie Morgan stated that “an independent social work assessment will be offered to all former Independent Living Fund (ILF) recipients who are unhappy with their new care and support package and would like a second opinion.”
The Welsh Government will provide additional funding to local authorities for the cost of the workers to carry out these independent assessments and additional care hours that may result from the assessments.
The independent assessments will be consistent with people’s agreed wellbeing outcomes and acknowledge the historical entitlement of former ILF recipients.
Julie Morgan said:
“It is paramount that people’s ability to live independently is not compromised by changes the care and support provided for people previously in receipt of the Welsh Independent Living Grant. These changes will ensure that is the case and deliver a consistent level of care and support across Wales.
“While the majority of former ILF recipients are receiving the same or more care as they were previously, a significant number have experienced a reduction in hours of support. There is also considerable variation in the reductions in support.
“I have therefore written to local government leaders to request a pause of the transition with immediate effect in order to bring in the revised arrangements.
This is a significant change of approach that ensures that the needs of former WILG recipients will be fully met, and that resources are no barrier to a full package of care and support.
I would like to thank Nathan Davies and his colleagues in the Save the WILG Campaign for the representations they have made to Welsh Government on this matter. I have met with Nathan twice in the last three weeks to hear his concerns and to seek to develop a new approach. I understand that Nathan is supportive in principle of the new approach Welsh Government intend to take. We share a common interest in seeing it implemented properly.”