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has launched a consultation on the future of the Independent
Living Fund (ILF), which was a scheme set up to help people with
disabilities to live independent lives in their community rather
than in residential care.
In 2010 the Government decided that
administering ILF outside the mainstream care and support system
was no longer appropriate or sustainable. The fund was permanently
closed to new users and funding for existing users was to be
maintained until the end of this parliament in 2015.
The Government’s preferred option for the future support of
existing ILF users is that the ILF is closed in 2015 and that ILF
funding is devolved to local government in England and to the
devolved administrations in Northern Ireland, Scotland and
This consultation considers how the 19,373 existing users would
be supported beyond 2015. It seeks the views of users, their
families and carers, local authorities, and all other interested
individuals and organisations on this proposal and how the
Government can best meet the future needs of ILF users in a way
that minimises anxiety and disruption to their lives, and mitigates
the impact on the adult social care system more widely.
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Source: Disability Rights UK news
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