The ILF is used to support the most severely disabled people live independent lives. In what the Government claim is reform and everyone else knows means cuts, funding will be devolved to local councils. This funding will not be ring-fenced meaning that the money may well be spent plugging the gap in Town Hall budgets due to the already savage cuts.
Campaigners warn that disabled people could be forced back into institutions due to the closure of the fund as councils seek to cut costs..
Today’s protest, which saw speakers from Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), Inclusion London and the PCS Union, came as six people challenged the closure of the fund in the high court. The case, which is ongoing, will argue that the closure of the fund will breach the United Nations Convention for the Rights of People with Disabilities which provides the right to independent living and the right to an adequate standard of living and protection.
Lawyers will argue that the consultation into the closure of the fund was illegal due to a failure to provide adequate information about the changes. The court will also hear that there has not been an adequate assessment of the impact of the closure of the ILF on disabled people’s ability to live and work independently.
For more information about the closure of the ILF and the personal testimonies of those affected visit: http://www.dpac.uk.net/blog/