Disabled People Lose The fight for the Independent Living Fund

Five disabled people tried to appeal in court against the decision of the government to abolish the Independent Living Fund (ILF) but unfortunately they lost.

What they pretended for was that the consultation process had to be declared “unlawful”, which had to lead to the proposed axing of the £320m fund.

The government does not care that 19,000 people now receive money from ILF and plans to scrap it in 2015.

The average pay these people receive now is about £300 a week.

However, on Wednesday, the consultation process was announced lawful.

The fears of claimants were that disabled people would be trapped at home because of the fund’s closure. Unfortunately these people rely too much on this funding, as they are not always capable of signing an employment contract.

There was a hearing in March where no clear reasons were given so that the fund to be closed and the information given about the differences between the fund and local authority assessment and provision was not quite detailed.

Not long ago the Department for Work and Pensions stated that there had to be a single system administered by local authorities so that there was more control.

The ILF exists since 1988 but in 2010 the government announced it could no longer keep running the scheme outside the mainstream social care system.

Soon after this the fund was closed for new applicants.

Gabriel Pepper who is one of the five applicants has accused the government of imposing “appalling cuts” which were “a vicious attack on the disabled”.

Disabled people shared that they needed those money in order to hire personal assistants helping them with their everyday needs and to be able to go out and have normal social life.

Richard Hawkes, chief executive of the disability charity Scope, said:

“Not getting the support to wash, dress and leave your home is unacceptable.”