Defend Independent Living: Save the Independent Living Fund

crip-catchers-smallThe Independent Living Fund was established as a ring-fenced sum of money which could be accessed by severely disabled people who often need expensive 24 hour care.

This funding has made it possible for people to remain in their homes rather than in institutions.  In 2010 the fund was closed to new applicants.  Last year the Government decided to close down the fund completely and make local Councils responsible for administering funding.

Local authorities will not have to ring fence any money from Central Government for this kind of support meaning they cash strapped councils may simply divert the money elsewhere.  With local authorities already buckling under harsh cuts, soaring homelessness and an upcoming Council Tax crisis, many may choose to place some disabled people back in (no doubt privately run) care homes in an attempt to cut costs.

As spokesperson for Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC),  Linda Burnip has said, the closure of the fund:  “in terms of independent living, is the single most regressive action the Condems could have taken.”

Support is needed urgently to save this vital funding which allows the most severely disabled people to stay in their homes and lead independent lives.

Please visit, share and tweet the latest information from DPAC on how you can help:

Those in London join the vigil to save the Independent Living Fund on March 13th.

Meet outside the Royal Courts of Justice in The Strand on 13th March at 12.30pm.  More details on DPAC at:

Pic from the highly recommended Crippen Cartoons.

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17 responses to “Defend Independent Living: Save the Independent Living Fund

  1. Pingback: Defend Independent Living: Save the Independent Living Fund | Welfare, Disability, Politics and People's Right's |

  2. Here’s an actual scenario that could actually happen ‘IDS’ sacked for major incompitence – wasting 5.2 Billion on the failed Work Programme which cost £5 Billion and £20 Million wasted on the less than useless Universal Jobmatch Fuckup! – IDS now needs to be held to account for wasting £5.2 billion of the taxpayers money on his own personal idea’s that have never gelled with the taxpayers.

  3. Johnny Void – “The Force is with you”

  4. Ask Sue Ryder about care homes they make a lot of money of them . They sell off a lot of them too. Whilst you are about it ask them about Jimmy Savile as well.

  5. “Leaflet entitled ‘Concentration camps for the workers’, 1934”

    Must be the place where IDS gets his ideas from!!!!!!!.

  6. They really like going after the weakest people, don’t they?

  7. This government does not seem to want anyone to have any freedom or independence and of course I am totally ,against scrapping the independent living fund.

  8. Looks like Sue Ryder are becoming more & more isolated in their use of workfare now that the PDSA (thankfully) have withdrawn from the scheme.

  9. Dispatches: Channel 4 8:00pm Tommorrow – ‘Britain on Benefits’

    Should be interesting.

  10. rainbowwarriorlizzie

    Reblogged this on HUMAN RIGHTS & POLITICAL JOURNAL and commented:
    In Solidarity!

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  12. something survived...

    Today in jobcentre a man phoned to say he had been taken into hospital so the government stopped his DLA before he got out, without telling him!
    So all his other benefits got stopped (on phone) said they ‘might look at his case’ in March or June!

    At the same time as telling disabled people to get jobs and kicking them off DLA and ESA, they cut things that might help people get a job, get to a job, stay in a job, get around…

    it’s like telling you : walk from London to Newcastle. oh but first we are going to break your legs.

  13. something survived...

    the thing deleted a bit, after ‘stopped’ and before ‘phone’:

    should read: (…) his other benefits got stopped and he came home to no food, no money and the threat of eviction. they (on phone) said (…)

  14. Pingback: Defend Independent Living: Save the Independent Living Fund | Disability Issues |

  15. Pingback: DPAC is about disabled people and their allies. DPAC is UK based but we know that disabled people in other countries are suffering from austerity cuts and a lack of fundamental rights. We welcome all to join us in fighting for justice and human rights for

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