The consultation on the proposed closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) is the latest in a line of seemingly constant attacks on disabled peoples’ independence and disabled peoples’ rights by this Government.
The Consultation closed on the 12th October, it suggested that funds from the centrally based ILF which supports almost 20,000 disabled people to live independently should go to cash strapped local authorities without ring- fencing. This is after the ILF was closed to all new applicants by this government in 2010.
DPAC believe this would be a disaster and send many disabled people back to living in residential institutions, already we have heard of local authorities that are drawing up policies of putting disabled people back into institutions as they see this as a cheaper option ( in particular Worcester and Wolverhampton, ) and we expect others to follow.
There is a legal challenge in process with several ILF users taking the issue to the courts in order to gain a judicial review. Unfortunately we have heard that one of the group taking this forward may need to drop out.
Please see the piece written by Louise Whitfield at The Justice Gap, Louise is leading on the Judicial Review case and has been incredibly supportive of DPAC issues throughout
DPAC have begun an ILF campaign with many local and national Disabled Peoples’ Organisations throughout the UK and we will shortly be posting a template letter for individuals to send to MPs ,AMs and Scottish MPs.
In the meantime we have produced a leaflet stating why the closure of the ILF will affect everyone in the UK. This can be found here and should be circulated on social media and put on as many web sites as possible
We will publish more updates as they become available