An important recent post on Disabled People Against Cuts’ (DPAC) website reveals how the big disability charities once again let down the very people they claim to support by being indifferent at best to the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).
As the name suggests, the fund is designed to support the most severely disabled people in living independent lives. In a chilling sign of what was to come, less than two months after this Government weren’t elected it was closed to new applications. Funding is now being devolved to local councils, who will have no legal duty to maintain the support offered under the scheme. All ILF claims are planned to end by 2015.
The closure of the fund has met fierce opposition from grassroots campaigners such as Disabled People Against Cuts and Black Triangle. Documents recently revealed in a high court appeal against the fund’s closure…
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