Head of Policy

Welcome from Peter Scott, CEO

Thank you for your interest in the work of ILF Scotland and the role of Head of Policy.

This is a hugely exciting time to join ILF Scotland. As we continue to modernise the fund inherited from the DWP, and to plan for its future, in December 2017, we also entered a new phase with the successful launch of our new Transition Fund in Scotland.

The Transition Fund is a broad discretionary fund that provides short term awards to support disabled people to live independently. In its first phase, the scheme will focus on supporting young disabled people, aged 16 to 21, who are at an important transitional stage in their lives.

The scheme aims to provide an opportunity for young disabled people to achieve goals which empower them to actively contribute to their communities and facilitate their participation in society, creating a lasting impact on their lives.

This is an amazing opportunity for you to help pioneer a new and very high profile co-produced service with disabled people who are transitioning to an independent adult life, as well as continuing the award winning work we carry out in Scotland and Northern Ireland.

Our work aims to ensure our recipients have choice and control over how and when they are supported in all aspects of their daily lives, as well as facilitating real participation and inclusion for individuals within their local communities.

Again, thank you for taking the time to visit this information site, and for considering working with ILF Scotland.

We look forward to receiving your application and will be in touch in due course.


Peter Scott,


About Independent Living Fund Scotland

The UK Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed at the end of June 2015 and the funding for recipients was devolved to Scotland and Northern Ireland respectively. The Independent Living Fund Scotland is the organisation which now administers over £55m of funding for existing recipients, supporting them to lead independent lives.

The organisation has a staff team of 45 and currently provides award winning management services for approximately 3000 service users throughout Scotland and Northern Ireland. This number will increase as the transition fund is accessed over the coming months. ILF Scotland is fully funded by the Scottish Government and Northern Ireland Administration for the due care and stewardship of public funding.

It provides excellent and flexible customer service, facilitating service users to continue to exercise choice and control and to use their funding in an outcomes-focused way to lead independent lives.

Further information on the organisation can be found below:

The Role – Head of Policy

Salary: C1 (Civil Service) £46,889 - £55,828 - (pending new award - to be confirmed shortly)

The post-holder will perform the challenging and high-profile role of leading the policy function within the organisation. In particular, this role will be critical in supporting the ongoing strategy for future development of the organisation and driving process improvements based on expert knowledge of current statutory services and the wider policy landscape across Scotland and Northern Ireland.

The successful candidate must be educated to degree level in social work or have significant experience relevant to policy and legislative frameworks in relation to Social Work, Equality, Human Rights or Independent Living for disabled people. They should also have strategy and operational policy development experience and the ability to lead, direct and manage others effectively.

Further details on the role can be found by downloading the Job Description and Terms below:

Other Terms and Conditions:

  • 30 days p.a. holiday entitlement, plus 6.5 public holidays. This will increase by a day every 2 years up to a maximum of 35 days (contractual benefit).
  • In addition staffs are able to sell 7 days and buy-back 7 additional days per year. They are also able to carry over up to ten days into the following year that have to be used within the first 3 months or will be forfeited. (non-contractual benefit).
  • Flexi time: Staff are able to carry over a maximum of 22.5 hours per month which must be used in the following month or forfeited. This is a non-contractual benefit.
  • Group Pension Scheme: up to 12% employer contribution if an employee contributes 5% (if staff opt to pay less, then the employer contribution reduces). This is a contractual benefit. (Currently subject to review/enhancement).

ILF Scotland will consider all types of flexible working pattern within the current policy. This is a non-contractual benefit.


If you have any queries or would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Catriona Mackie or Katy Gall at our recruitment partners, Aspen People, on 0141 212 7555 in the first instance, or Peter Scott, ILF Scotland CEO, on 07392 287567.


To apply, please click here to upload your CV, covering letter and equal opportunities monitoring form (this form can be downloaded by clicking here). We would also be grateful if you could include the following information in your covering letter:

  • Details of two referees (please note that referees will not be contacted until offer stage or without prior consent)
  • Applicants will be shortlisted for interview based on their application matching the detail provided in the Job Description. We would therefore ask applicants to provide clear evidence to show how your experience, skills and knowledge match those requirements as well as why you are interested in the role.
  • Current or most recent salary.

Provided below are a note of the critical dates in the recruitment which will help you plan your diary:

Wednesday 23rd May 2018

Closing date for applications

Monday 4th June 2018

Meeting to agree candidates moving to interview

Wednesday 13th June 2018