Save the Independent Living Fund: join the protest at the DWP!
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Join us to protest against the closure of ILF on Monday, May 12 3pm-5pm outside DWP head quarters, Caxton House, Tothill Street, SW1H 9WA.
Nearest accessible tube –Westminster.
Bring things to make lots of noise. We have asked Mike Penning Minister for disabled people to join us, but in case he doesn’t, we need to make sure he knows we’re there.
Here's the letter:
Dear Mike Penning,
We understand that you have stated publicly that you feel closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will not have any adverse effect on the ability of disabled people to live independently in the community, to be able to access education or to continue to be employed.
Disabled people who are ILF recipients do not agree with your view and are gathering to voice their fears for their futures on May 12 from 3-5pm outside Caxton House.
They would very much appreciate the opportunity to speak to you about their very valid concerns so although we know you must be a very busy person we hope you can join us to hear what disabled people are saying.
In the meantime we are attaching a small selection of case studies for your attention.
On behalf of DPAC ILF recipient support group.
What is the Independent Living Fund?
The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is a ring-fenced pot of funding to provide funding to help 18,000 disabled people with high support needs live an independent life in the community rather than in residential care.
Closure of ILF: In March 2014 government decided to close the ILF in June 2015 in spite of a court ruling that said their previous decision to close ILF was in breach of the Equality Act. As usual DWP blatantly ignored the court.
Recommendations: Deaf and disabled people’s organisations and disabled people believe the ILF should be kept open and re-opened to new applicants for two key reasons:
- The ILF is a cost effective model of funding that successfully supports the independent living of those with the highest support needs.
- In stark contrast many Local Authorities only provide funding for basic a clean and feed model of care which ends independent living and inclusion in the community.
This will leave many ILF users with a choice between inadequate care at home or an inactive, isolated life in a residential home.
Video: ILF recipient Sophie Partridge explains why the fund is so important to her independence and everyday life.
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