Independent Living Fund: ‘Shocking’ drop in support after ILF closure

Extract from Disability News Service (by John Pring), 2 October 2015

“Shocking” new figures show that more than a quarter of disabled people who previously received support from the Independent Living Fund (ILF) in one local authority area have had their social care packages cut by at least half since it closed.

The figures were revealed in response to a freedom of information (FOI) request to Waltham Forest council from Inclusion London, the pan-London Deaf and disabled people’s organisation.

The council told Inclusion London that it was funding 60 former ILF-users, but just seven of them had seen their care packages increase after being reassessed following ILF’s closure.

Of the 53 disabled people with high support needs who have had their packages reduced, 16 have seen cuts of more than 50 per cent; seven of between 41 and 50 per cent; and 11 of between 21 and 40 per cent…

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