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The Scottish Government is now seeking the views of disabled people and organisations on successor arrangements for the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in Scotland.
In particular the consultation seeks opinions on:
Background - the ILF provides money to help disabled people live an independent life in the community rather than in residential care. It is additional funding to support disabled people on top of support provided by local authorities.
Disappointingly the fund closed to new applicants in 2010 and in December 2012 the UK Minister for Disabled People, Esther McVey MP, announced the decision to close the ILF permanently from April 2015. This included responsibility and finances for a Scottish fund being devolved to the Scottish Government.
UPDATE welcomes this consultation and the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting disabled people. Claire Sharkie, Information Worker at UPDATE says : "In 2012 the ILF gave over £55 million to 3204 people in Scotland. We hope that this consultation will help shape the best possible successor arrangements for disabled people in Scotland."
ILF Policy Team: ILF@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
Consultation period: 12 August 2013 to 1 November 2013
A Consultation On The Future Use Of Resources Devolved Following The UK Government's Decision To Close The Independent Living Fund [PDF]: http://www.scotland.gov.uk/Resource/0043/00430097.pdf
Easy read [PDF]: www.scotland.gov.uk/ Resource/0043/00430919.pdf
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This information has been extracted from UPDATE's August 2013 member exclusive newsletter.
Our monthly member newsletters regularly cover topics such as the latest welfare rights news, funding opportunities, consultations and research.