The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is to close from 30 June 2015, with local authorities taking responsibility for delivering support through the mainstream adult social care system.
Minister for disabled people, Mike Penning, confirmed the new arrangements for the fund, which helps disabled people to live independent lives. The 18,000 current users of the fund in England will now transfer from ILF to the social care system.
Mr Penning said: ‘Our understanding of disabled people has changed over the past 20 years, and along with it there have been significant developments in how we provide social care to disabled people so they can live independent lives.
‘We continue to spend £50bn a year on disabled people and the services provided to them, and as part of the government’s long-term economic plan, we want to make sure that disabled people are given the support that allows them to fulfil their potential.’
He said the Department for Work and Pensions had addressed the Appeal Court’s concerns through a new equalities analysis adding that opportunities for disabled people were now being provided through social care services.
It all sounds a bit dodgy to us!
The government in Scotland has yet to announce how ILF users in their areas will be supported but has indicated that they intend to honour existing committments to ILF users for as long as funds are provided.