THE ILF – FOR COUNCILS OR FOR DISABLED PEOPLE?

For the last 5 years campaigners have been fighting against the closure of the Independent Living Fund. Disabled people were worried that ILF monies would be swallowed up by local councils who would reduce services or just count the ILF monies as part of their own income.

In Scotland, it was thought the campaign was won with the launch of a new Scottish Independent Living Fund in May of this year.

But this information from Glasgow indicates that at least one council is treating SILF funds as income to meet needs the council would normally fund.

As a result individuals are losing control over money that the Scottish Government says should be theirs to spend on their care as they want.

We need clearer rules about how local authorities treat SILF monies.

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