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Independent Living Fund consultation launched - Turn2us

Independent Living Fund consultation (link opens in a new window)The Government 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 Wales.

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 article (link opens in a new window)

 

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