The planned closure of the Independent Living Fund, the money which provides vital care for disabled people with the highest support needs, will see disabled people forced back into care homes campaigners have warned.
Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) have produced a leaflet explaining the impact of the changes which can be downloaded at: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2012/09/ilf-leaflet-for-printing-why-the-closure-of-the-independent-living-fund-affects-everyone-in-the-uk/
From DPAC: “There are 20,000 existing users of ILF in the UK. The Coalition Government wants to jeopardise their support too by forcing them to rely on local authorities from 2015 by closing the ILF permanently. Local authorities already face severe cuts and cannot provide adequate support. Some local authorities are already saying that residential care homes will be their only option: we expect others to follow.”
This change will devastate lives, sending society back to the days when disabled people were shut out of sight at the mercy of charities or even worse private care homes. That it is even being considered tells us everything we need to know about this toff Government’s attitude to disabled people.
A consultation is currently taking place on the closure of the fund, to take part visit: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/consultations/2012/future-of-ilf.shtml
Above cartoon from Crippen