Save the Independent Living Fund: get your MP to the House of Commons Debate on Wednesday
The future of the Independent Living Fund - the fund that severely disabled people use to pay for extra carer hours so that they can live independently in their own homes - will be debated in the House of Commons for the first time this Wednesday 18 June from 11 to 11.30am.
We need to make sure as many MPs as possible know it’s happening and will be there prepared to stand up for the ILF and the future of independent living support for disabled people.
The fight for the ILF is far from over.
In March, the Minister for Disabled People announced a new decision to permanently close the ILF in June 2015. This followed, amazingly, a ruling by the Court of Appeal in November 2013 which quashed the Government’s previous decision to close.
Last week ILF recipients launched a fresh legal challenge which you can read about here.
Meanwhile, #SaveILF supporters have been busy contacting their local councillors and MPs collecting sign ups to the campaign statement and spreading the word with the brilliant ILF postcard campaign: www.facebook.com/ILFpostcard
One supportive MP Nic Dakin MP for Scunthorpe has managed to get a debate on the future of the Independent Living Fund for this Wednesday: 18 June 11 – 11.30am.
Whilst it is only half an hour, it is the first time the ILF and the fundamental question of the removal of disabled people’s right to independent living which its closure represents, has had a debate in Parliament.
This is an opportunity to make sure politicians know what the ILF is and why it is so important.
We need to take urgent action to write to our MPs, urging them to attend the debate, telling them why it matters and most importantly sharing your stories and experiences that show why we need not only to keep the ILF open but to reopen it to new applicants.
You can find your MPs email address and post address here.
Here is a briefing about the ILF you can download and send them as an attachment. ILF briefing 13 June 2014 (just click on the link)
If they can do it in Scotland, why not here?
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