Court case to fight the closure of the Independent Living Fund set for October #SaveILF
A second court case against the DWP on the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will take place at the Royal Courts of Justice on 22 and 23 of October. The hearing is expected to last one and half days.
The ILF is the fund severely disabled people use to pay for the extra care hours they need to live independent lives. Last year, the court of appeal overturned a government decision to close the ILF. In spite of that, the government has announced again that the ILF will close.
That's why disabled people are taking the government back to court.
Without the ILF, they will lose their hard-won independence.
There will be a vigil outside the Royal Courts of Justice from 12.30pm on 22 October to support the ILF users who are taking the case and disabled people's right to independent living as enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities - Article 19.
Article 19: “Living independently and being included in the community”, states that “disabled people have a right to live in the community; with the support they need and can make choices like other people do”.
Please join the vigil to show your support! The closure of the ILF has obvious implications for the UK’s chances of meeting such obligations.
Most importantly for those disabled people who will lose this financial support - they will lose any independence and choice in their lives.
You can read more about the ways that this vicious attack will affect disabled people here.
Video: ILF recipient Kevin Caulfield on the role that the ILF plays in his life and independence:
Video: ILF recipient Gabriel Pepper, who has had three brain tumours, explains how he uses the ILF to pay for the carers who help him out of his house and to live independently.
Video: June 28 - Disabled people occupy Westminster Abbey grounds to protest at the closure of the Independent Living Fund.
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