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Billy Durrant
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5 disabled people win court challenge to closure of ILF - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-24834558

     
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thanks for posting billy.

we responded to the consultation on what should happen to the fund in Scotland following this decision.

we support people with learning disabilities so have a high level of interest in this subject.

     
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And what a familiar tone to the government spokesperson responding to this news….

Minister for Disabled People Mike Penning said: “We are very pleased the Court of Appeal upheld how we undertook our consultation on the future of the fund, and they accepted that it had been carried out properly and fairly.”

     
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Minister for Disabled People Mike Penning said: “We are very pleased the Court of Appeal upheld how we undertook our consultation on the future of the fund, and they accepted that it had been carried out properly and fairly.”

Which is why they are considering appealing!?

Tony

     
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And as expected, the cuts to former ILF users have begun.

Disabled Man Wins Permission To Take Oxfordshire County Council To High Court Over Care Package Cuts

Despite an assessment in April 2015 stating he needs 24-hours care a day and a stable care package for over 20 years the council took steps to reduce Luke’s funding over the past 12 months down to 17.5 hours which his family, and an independent report said would have a negative effect on his wellbeing.

     
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Sigh…. horribly predictable wasn’t it? What a sad state of affairs.

     
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better scenario up here thankfully.

scotland created a scottish version and a small bit of extra funding has been put into it.  be interesting to see what happens going forward but at least no current users lost out.

     
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Yet another reason why we in the north of England would like to apply to be part of a Greater Scotland if the Union splits up!

     
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Giles Elliott - 21 June 2016 02:36 PM

Yet another reason why we in the north of England would like to apply to be part of a Greater Scotland if the Union splits up!

I thought that the devolved Republic of Manchester was already on the way, at least according to the fragrant Mr Osborne?

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-32726171

     
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Channel 4 news reported yesterday results from FOI requests to 150 local authorities, and following a 90 per cent response -

- 67 per cent said funding intended for former ILF users is not ring-fenced; and
- over three quarters said they have cut funding for former ILF users.

Channel 4 highlights ILF Postcode lottery is available from the Disability Rights website

     
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The House of Commons library has published two new briefing papers exploring the closure of the ILF, and its replacement with non-ring fenced funding and eligibility criteria determined at a local level.

The closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF)

Local replacements for the Individual Living Fund (ILF)

     
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A Westminster Hall debate on closure of the ILF is to be held on 9 January. The House of Commons Library has produced a debate pack summarising impacts of its closure.

http://researchbriefings.parliament.uk/ResearchBriefing/Summary/CDP-2018-0004#fullreport