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DPAC Report - ILF Closure Factfile

DPAC Report - ILF Closure Factfile

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DPAC Report into the Closure of the UK Independent Living Fund
DPAC Report into the Closure of the UK Independent Living Fund

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DPAC Research – ILF Closure Factfile
Disabled People Against CutsIndependent Living Fund Closure Factfile
Prepared by the DPAC Research Team, June 2013Contact:
Debbie Jolly or Linda Burnip on
Disabled People Against Cuts:DPAC is a grass roots campaign body. It was formed by a group of disabled people after thefirst mass protest against the austerity cuts and their impact on disabled people held on the3rd October in Birmingham 2010, England. It was led by disabled people under the name of The Disabled Peoples’ Protest. DPAC has over 15,000 members and supporters and workswith many anti-cuts groups, Universities, Disabled Peoples’ Organizations, and Unions
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DPAC Research – ILF Closure Factfile
Table of Contents
Summary Grid of ILF changes: chronology.........................................................................................4Summary ..............................................................................................................................................6Independent Living in UK....................................................................................................................1Background to the Independent Living Fund (ILF).............................................................................1Institutionalisation arising from changes to ILF in 2010.....................................................................3Legal/administrative changes...............................................................................................................4Impact of Changes on disabled People.................................................................................................4Other events/ circumstances involved in the situation.........................................................................5Draft Social Care Bill .................................................................................................................5Local Authority Care in Crisis....................................................................................................5These are testimonies from around the UK of how disabled people will be affected by the closure of the ILF..................................................................................................................................................7Why the ILF court case is likely to show chances for reversing the government decision on theclosure of ILF are nonexistent............................................................................................................10Grave and Systematic Violations.......................................................................................................11ILF Closure and further Impacts on Independent Living...................................................................12ILF and Independent Living: actions by UK Government as a breach of the UNCRPD in the UK .13
  Abbreviations UsedILF Independent Living Fund LA Local AuthoritiesEquality and Human Rights Commission -EHRC Joint Committee on Human Rights-JCHRDWP Department for Works and Pensions MP Member of Parliament
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Summary Grid of ILF changes: chronology
 YearDescription: The Independent Living Fund(ILF)Structure of ILF: The Independent LivingFund (ILF) is an Executive Non-DepartmentalPublic Body of the Department for Work andPensions. The Department for Works andPensions is a Westminster Governmentdepartment covering the UK. ILF is managedby a Trust (ILF Trust) but allocation of funding comes from central Government. Alldecisions on funding allocations for ILFcome from central Government via theSecretary of State.Notes1988Independent Living Fund (ILF) established tosupport disabled people with complex needsto live independently in the community byproviding cash awards
From Governmentdescription
: “
This support enables disabledpeople to choose to live in their communitiesrather than in residential care” and is “..tosupport the cost of their personal assistance,enabling them to live fully inclusive independentlives in their communities”.
1993new rules come in for new users who mustqualify for local authority funds to get ILF:
 this was effectively a cap on ILF provisionbecause new individuals applying to ILF nowneeded to be receiving a sum of £320 a weekfrom local authorities to apply for ILF. As suchthey must undergo two assessment phases.The original fund was wound up, but existingapplicants still supported. From 2007 ILF wasrenamed ILF (2006). Henwood and Hudsonreview of ILF commissioned June 2006,published Jan 2007 recommendations includethat ILF should be under local authority controlby 2012
no formal consultation process, no monitoring of equality impacts, nodata process put in placeto measure impacts or drop in numbersreceiving ILF support or any increased institutionalisation of disabled people by local authorities or central government -1992 figures on ILF were22,000 across the UK 
other numbers affectedcannot be obtained as nomonitoring or definitivedata collection wasattempted
2010 March12 
th
Limiting change in qualifying rules for ILF new applicants must be working 16 hours aweek , criteria apply from May 1
st 
2010 
Trustees of ILF notified local authorities that ILFcould only accept new applicants who wereworking 16 hours a week from May 1
st
. In Marchand April ILF received 2600 applications, anincrease of 435% on the levels ILF would
no formal consultation process, no monitoring of equality impacts, nodata process put in placeto measure impacts or drop in numbersreceiving ILF support or any increased 
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