Jun 302015
 

 With thanks to Kate B Published on Jun 30, 2015

TRANSCRIPT

00.00 – 00.19

Today is a very, very sad and tragic day and I think some of us are starting to cry up the front here, because this has been a long campaign and it has been so important to so many people because it means so much, but this isn’t the end and I think what last Wednesday showed is that disabled people are strong when we unite with our allies, we fight back and we give them hell.

00.20

Save the ILF!

00.32

Whoa boy, Whoa.
I come in peace with my horse to save the ILF. We are fighting for independent living for disabled people in the UK in 2015. Can you believe that?

No.

We have had enough. The Independent Living Fund closes tomorrow and we are not going away. We are going to fight on.

1.05

The ILF has given me freedom. It has given me indpendence, to live my life the way I choose without being reliant on friends or family. Without being stuck to a regimented regime of getting up in the morning when it suits other people, to go to bed at 9 o’clock, I was 22 and I had to go to bed at nine o’clock, can you imagine. I was told when I could go to the toilet, once a day at one o’clock, if I wasn’t there on time then tough, I’d have to wait until a later call that evening. It’s just not just me, it’s thousands of people out there who are subjected to this.

1.39

This is from Leanne. Hi all, I wish I could be with you all today but unfortunately, I can’t but please know that I am with you all in spirit, this is not the end, it is just the beginning.

1.54

SINGING

2.07

There used to be a time when governments, particularly when the ILF came in when they were able to at least talk about independent living with a straight face and now when they do it’s very much with a forked tongue. When the ILF closes today, it is more than just the closure of a fund. I think it signifies very much the end of an idea and that idea was that society was very much prepared to meet its responsibilities to make sure that equality of opportunity was something more than words. And we took tangible steps like the Independent Living Fund which got people real lives beyond looking out the window and watching the world pass them by.

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  4 Responses to “#ILF Closing Ceremony 30th June 2015”

  1. My heart goes out to folk who are different to the majority. Hasn’t it always been the way that the weakest suffer in our country and the disabled are one of the last minorities that comedians can still slate.
    I beg of all supporters of this cause … it may be the politicians that implement the law but IT IS THE MEDIA THAT SELLS THE MESSAGE.
    DON’T UNDERESTIMATE THE HATE FILLED EDITORIAL POLICIES OF THE BBC AND CHANNEL 4 NEWS.
    THESE ORGANISATIONS ARE DESPERATE TO GET A GOOD SETTLEMENT WHEN THE BBC HAS ITS CHARTER RENEWED. THEY WILL SAY ANYTHING TO SUPPORT THE TORIES…
    THE BBC IS THE BIGGEST THREAT TO DISABLED RIGHTS.

  2. Hello. I have just found out about what the Tories have done to the ILF. I am completely shocked and saddened to hear about this and only just found out from Russell Brands “The Trews”. I’m quite shocked that this has not received the press it quite rightly deserved. I am so sorry to learn about this. Will this group be challenging this decision?

    David

  3. This is a no win situation. By having ILF (which the Tories brought in), it has enabled people to live a better life and have freedom. Taking it away must, surely, be in breach of their human rights (forgot!!! Tories want to take that away as well). It is not cost effective either.

    What IS the matter with this government? We are the 6th richest country in the world and they make it out that everything is our fault. I am not disabled, but feel for people who can’t manage, words just fail me …

  4. I wonder how much those coppers are gettng paid to assist the TORI abuuse DISABLED PEOPLE. If they took too seconds to pondr the wrong they are helping to perpetrate they could end up DISABLED THEMSELVES WITHDEPION.. and WHO WOULD PAY FOR ‘THEIR’ CARE AND INFDEPEDENT LIVING THEN.
    WHO WOULD SUPPORT THEM?
    kevin campbell RMN

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