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Independent Living Fund replacement schemes

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Disability Rights UK Factsheet F69

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The Independent Living Fund (ILF) was a, Government funded, discretionary scheme which helped people who had both day and night care needs and who were getting the high rate care component of Disability Living Allowance. Those helped under the scheme were able to receive a joint ILF/local authoity funded care support package to help them live independently in the community rather than in residential care.

The UK-wide Independent Living Fund (ILF) has now been closed since 1 July 2015. This factsheet briefly outlines the support which replaces it for those who previously received help from the ILF.

If you live in England

From 1 July 2015, your local authority is responsible for your care provision rather than the ILF. Each authority has  received a monetary transfer of the Independent Living Funds.

The amount of support you will receive will vary from authority to authority.  Some local authorities may ring fence the transfer of the Independent Living Funds so the level of your support is unchanged. Others may not. 

Disability Rights UK has asked all English local authorities how they would manage the transition for people formerly in receipt of the Independent Living Fund. 

To find out what is happening in your area please see the accompanying 3 tables.

  1. FOI reference number, ringfencing, how many users.
  2. No's with pc transfer review, no's not seen, named individual.
  3. Named organisation, involvement, monitoring.

If you live in Scotland

You will be able to receive help from a new Scottish Independent Living Fund from ILF Scotland. You can find out more about the scheme at www.independentlivingfund.scot/ - telephone 0300 200 2022

If you live in Wales

A new Grant Scheme replaces the Independent Living Fund in Wales - The Welsh Independent Living Grant. Your ILF funding will be protected, at least until the end of March 2017. After that date, funding will depend on what is announced in the next UK spending round.

All Welsh local authorities have been informed to notify former ILF recipients of the new arrangements and how these will operate. You can view a list of the local authority contact officers at http://ow.ly/QtZi0

If you live in Northern Ireland

You will get help under a new replacement Independent Living Fund administered through ILF Scotland. For more information on this see www.independentlivingfund.scot/northern-ireland-independent-living-fund/ - telephone 0300 200 2022

Where can I get more help or information?

This factsheet is a basic overview of the Independent Living Fund. We have other publications concerned with independent living in our shop at https://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/shop

You can also place orders by contacting Disability Rights UK.

For further help and information please contact our Advice Line - 0300 555 1525.

We have a great deal of information, including factsheets related to independent living on our resource page at disabilityrightsuk.org/how-we-can-help/independent-living

All our factsheets are free to download on our website at disabilityrightsuk.org.

Banane Nafeh
8 February 2016

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