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Government closure of Independent Living Fund (ILF) unlawful

8 January 2015

Three Court of Appeal Judges ruled that the governmentÂ’s decision to close the ILF was unlawful.

The Department of Work and Pensions will now have to rethink the decision to close the fund, which supports over 18,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently. The ILF, a government funded trust, topped up local authority-funded support.

‘This will hopefully give the disabled people’s movement confidence, and act as a catalyst for our organisations to work together to intensify the campaign and demand closures of the fund is stopped, and is giving a long-term future open to new applicants with adequate levels of funding’ said Stuart Bracking, one of the five claimants in the case.

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