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Tories launch new attack on Independent Living Fund

Issue No. 2394

The government last week announced plans to push ahead with the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).

The ILF provides vital support to almost 20,000 severely disabled people. Losing it could condemn thousands to isolation or institutionalisation.

The closure was originally announced in 2012, but the Court of Appeal overturned it last November.

Judges said the government had failed to fulfil its equality duties. The government says it has now carried out a new equalities analysis and will shut the fund on 30 June next year.

Its £320 million funding is to be split between local authorities and subject to devastating council funding cuts.

Disabled People Against Cuts (Dpac) has called a national conference. It will take place on 12 April, 11am – 5pm, London Metropolitan University, Tower Building, 166-220 Holloway Rd, London N7 8DP

For more information or to book places contact [email protected]

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Tue 11 Mar 2014, 17:36 GMT
Issue No. 2394
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