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Board Member - Independent Living Fund Scotland

Reference:1642 

Remuneration:£168.67 per day 

Location:Meetings are generally held in Livingston or Glasgow 

Closing date:28 May 2019 at midnight 

Appointment of a Member of the Board of Directors of Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland)


Scottish Ministers are looking to fill one position on the Board of Directors of Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland).  The appointments is for four years from 1 September 2019.


About Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILF Scotland)


The organisation was initially established as a transitional body to meet the tight timeframe for delivery and ensure payments are protected.  In June 2018, ILF Scotland become a Non-Departmental Public Body (NDPB), independent of Scottish Government but accountable to Scottish Ministers).  ILF Scotland administers financial support packages, known as ILF, to disabled people in Scotland and Northern Ireland.


ILF Scotland is also a Company Ltd by Guarantee, established by Scottish Ministers to administer the Independent Living Fund (ILF).


The 2016-2020 corporate strategy is attached to this document.  The headquarters of ILF Scotland are in Livingston.


Background to ILF Scotland


The UK Government closed the Independent Living Fund, known as ILF, on 30 June 2015.  It already closed to new applicants in 2010.  In Scotland, Scottish Ministers announced their commitment to a new national Scottish ILF, to safeguard the rights of society’s most severely disabled people to live independent lives and to ensure the fund’s long-term future.  They also committed to and opened a Transition Fund which provides money, for up to one year, to support young people living with disabilities (as defined in the Equality Act 2010) to improve their lives in December 2017.


A Scottish Government consultation exercise about the future of the ILF, undertaken in 2013, showed an overwhelming preference by disabled people in favour of the continuation of a national ILF scheme for Scotland.  The Scottish Government has a continued commitment to independent living and co-produced ILF Scotland with disabled people, organisations representing them and with its statutory sector partners.


ILF Scotland is the organisation established by Scottish Ministers to administer ILF.  It commenced its full operations on 1 July 2015.  Following an agreement in June 2015 between Ministers in Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Department of Health, Public Services and Public Safety, ILF Scotland also administers ILF payments to recipients based in Northern Ireland.  Currently there are over 3000 recipients of the ILF Scotland 2015 Fund and Transition Fund including potential applicants for the latter scheme.


ILF Scotland contributes towards the Government’s commitment to independent living and the ability of individuals to contribute to society and play a part in their local community.  The ILF Scotland budget and running costs are provided by Scottish Government with a contribution from the Northern Ireland Government as a grant in aid payment from the Scottish Ministers.


What is Independent Living Fund?


ILF was first established by the UK Government in 1988 to support disabled people to live independent lives, at home, at work and in the community.  ILF provides discretionary cash payments to disabled people to enable them to purchase care or support from an agency or pay wages of a privately employed personal assistant.  Payments offer people the flexibility they may not otherwise have, to live in their own home, take up employment or education or to socialise like other members of society.


Roles and Responsibilities


Your role as Member of the Board of Directors is to oversee the effective governance and accountability of ILF Scotland, ensuring that the company carries out its objectives, as set out in its Memorandum and Articles of Association, and follows the Service Level Agreement and Grant in Aid conditions as set out in the contract with Scottish Ministers.


Role Description


As a Board member you will be expected to:



  • assist the Chair in providing strategic direction to ILF Scotland;

  • create the right environment to ensure that ILF Scotland has disabled people at the heart of decision making;

  • oversee and ensure the implementation of ILF Scotland policies, with responsibility for occasional decisions on individual ILF user cases:

  • ensure effective corporate governance, risk management and financial management of ILF Scotland;

  • challenge and support the organisation through its Chief Executive;

  • work with other Board members  as part of a team in order to arrive at good decisions;

  • ensure public accountability for the funds which ILF Scotland is responsible for

  • act as an effective champion for ILF Scotland


In addition, all Board members have a duty regarding conduct, transparency and confidentiality.  They are expected to observe the Model Code of Conduct for Members of Devolved Public Bodies and the nine Principles of Public Life.


Skills


It is unlikely that everyone joining the ILF Scotland Board will have all of the skills, knowledge and experience necessary to fully carry out the role from the start of their appointment.  Ministers are looking for individuals who can put their skills, knowledge and experience to use to the benefit of the Board and who have the capacity and commitment to ‘grow’ into the role.  In deciding the final composition of the skills required, the selection panel looked at what skills would complement those already held by Board Members.


The successful candidate will have a strong commitment to independent living in Scotland and the social model of disability and will be able to demonstrate skills in:



  • analysis and decision making;

  • constructive and supportive challenge;

  • communication and influencing.


About the role


The role attracts a remuneration rate of £168.67 per day, including expenses incurred as a result of carrying out the duties of the appointment, for a time commitment of on average one day per month.  There may be a need to commit further days, up to a maximum of 18 days per year.


Board meetings are generally held at ILF Scotland offices in Denholm House, Livingston or at the Scottish Government, Atlantic Quay, Glasgow.  Information about ILF (Scotland) can be found at www.ilf.scot.


Further information


An application pack and full details can be found via the link below.  To increase the accessibility of the application process, there are two options for applying for this position. 


1.    You can apply online through our dedicated public appointments website www.appointed-for-scotland.org using the full online form there or;


2.    You can submit your evidence as a letter along with a completed short application form by email to pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot.


If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments, on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or at pa_applications_mailbox@gov.scot


The closing date for receipt of completed applications is Tuesday, 28 May 2019.


Scottish Ministers particularly welcome applications from groups currently under-represented on Scotland’s public bodies, such as women, disabled people, those from minority ethnic communities, and people aged under 50.  The public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity for all applicants.


Accessibility to public appointments is a fundamental requirement and the public appointments process promotes, demonstrates and upholds equality of opportunity and treatment to all applicants.  The Scottish Government will always give consideration to disability-related reasonable adjustments that an applicant might request to enable them to meet the person specification and participate fully in the selection process.  If you require any of the application pack documentation in an alternative format, please contact Scottish Government Public Appointments on Freephone 0300 244 1898 or by email at public.appointments@gov.scot.


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Application Information

If you experience any difficulties accessing our website, or in the event that you require a word version of the application form, please contact the Public Appointments Team on (Freephone) 0300 244 1898, by email at PA_Applications_Mailbox@gov.scot, or by writing to the Public Appointments Team, Scottish Government, Area 3F North, Victoria Quay, Edinburgh EH6 6QQ.

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