Objectives for the day:. To: bring Local Authorities up to date with progress in key areas of development of the successor arrangements to CCGs and CLs for Living Expenses, help them prepare for implementation help them build their networks and share practice with other Authorities.
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LOCAL GOVERNMENT EVENT - 3 October 2012
Grant fund 23.8m
Set up Costs – bid made to DWP – initial award £238k – still in discussions
Running costs – £5m falling to £4.6m
Proposal for distribution agreed by Joint Settlement and Distribution Officer Group – based on historic pattern of spend.
Allocations to be announced as part of the Local Government Settlement
The Scottish Welfare Fund will offer grants or in kind support such as travel warrants, fuel cards, furniture etc in order to:
provide a safety net in an emergency or when there is an immediate threat to health or safety
enable independent living or continued independent living, preventing the need for institutional care.
The grants will not need to be paid back.
A national scheme delivered through Local Authorities
2 year interim period
Fund split between CCGs and CGs
Grants or in kind support provided
Scottish Govt: Guidance under Section 21 of the Local Government Act 2003, national application form, training and monitoring framework
Local Authorities: manage the fund, integrate with other services, monitor performance.
Receipt of qualifying benefits
Certain restrictions e.g. relating to residence or previous applications.
Exclusions for specific items not covered by the fund
Limits on other resources, savings, capital
Personal circumstances meeting the conditions set.
The priority attached to the application – determined by severity of need, the impact an award would have on the applicant’s circumstances, certain other factors e.g. presence of a disabled child in the family
The level of priority at which awards are being made at that time and whether there is sufficient money in the budget to make a payment .
Judicial review through courts
Options for Independent Review
First tier review, independent of decision
maker but within the team
Applications go to decision maker
In Scotland –
3185 CLs (excluding budgeting loans) to independent review 2010-11
42% CCGs and 27.5% CLs rejected at first tier review go on to Independent review
29% CCGs and 16.6%
CLs go to first review
57.7% CCGs18.9% CLs initially refused
Strategic objective - Ensure those on low incomes and the people who support them know they should approach their own Local Authority rather than DWP from April 2013 for community care and crisis support.