Man with learning disabilities wins £100k
A council has agreed to pay a man with severe learning disabilities £100,000 after providing incorrect information to the Independent Living Fund.
Local Government Ombudsman Anne Seex found that Bradford Council had told the ILF that the man – known only as Mr A – was going into residential care, when he was in fact moving into supported housing.
The ombudsman also found that the council had continued to pay itself housing benefit after telling the ILF that Mr A had moved into residential care, although this cannot be claimed for residential care accommodation.
The incorrect information meant that the ILF stopped paying Mr A £750 a month more than 10 years ago. The ombudsman ordered the council to pay £100,000 to Mr A and £5,000 to his brother in recognition of ‘the extraordinary lenghts’ he went to in pursuing the case.
The investigation further found that the man’s brother had asked the council to give Mr A a tenancy agreement, which would have allowed the ILF to renew payments, but it refused.
The ILF did reinstate payments in 2008 following Bradford’s 2006 stock transfer to Incommunities, but rule changes for the fund meant that he received less than he did before moving in 2001. The council has also agreed to pay the difference between what he would have previously received and what he can now claim from the ILF.