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Topic: Equally Scandalous
Posted by: Claire Moran
Date/Time: 08/12/14 17:36:00

A government decision to close a fund that helps disabled people to live and work in the community has been ruled lawful by the High Court.

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) provides support for some 18,000 people and is worth 320m. The government plans to close it on 30 June 2015.

Delivering her ruling, Mrs Justice Andrews offered sympathy to those who would find it a "great disappointment".

The charity Scope said disabled people could be left without enough support.

The government says that changes to social care have called into question the need to have a separate funding stream through the ILF.

It argues that the vast majority of disabled people with care needs are already looked after through the adult social care system.

But chief executive of Scope, Richard Hawkes, said the care system was "on its knees" and the closure of the fund was "likely to lead to fewer disabled people being able to live independently".

About time we had some ringfenced help for the disabled - how about some of the millions from the overseas aid budget, the ringfencing of which the government wants to enshrine into law?

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Equally Scandalous 08/12/14 17:36:00 Claire Moran
   Re:Equally Scandalous 08/12/14 18:14:00 Vanessa Smith
      Re:Re:Equally Scandalous 08/12/14 23:56:00 Philippa Bond
         Re:Re:Re:Equally Scandalous 09/12/14 05:23:00 Dan Murphy
            Re:Re:Re:Re:Equally Scandalous 09/12/14 09:46:00 Loraine Pemberton

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