Cabinet Members to discuss use of funding for adults with disabilities

​Date: 20/07/2015

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Wakefield councillors are to discuss the financial management of transferred funds to support adults with disabilities to live independently.

Responsibility for the money was transferred to local authorities in July, after the Government's Independent Living Fund was closed on 30 June, 2015.

The fund was previously allocated to support people with disabilities in the community based on a set criteria. Independent Living Fund has now ceased these payments.

Members of the Cabinet meeting on July 28 will discuss the use of the transferred funds for this year, to be managed in line with eligible social care services.

All people affected will have a social care assessment review and eligible funding will be allocated as part of their social care personal budgets.

Cllr Pat Garbutt, Cabinet Member for Adults and Health, said: "It is important that people with disabilities continue to have choice and control over their lives, and councillors will be discussing how the use of the funds achieves this in terms of a fair and consistent approach."