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The closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF)

Published Thursday, November 17, 2016

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed on 30 June 2015 - this note sets out the background to the ILF, how the ILF worked, and the decision by the then Coalition Government to close it and the subsequent legal challenge (which was unsuccessful).

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The Independent Living Fund (ILF), a central Government financial resource for disabled people, closed on 30 June 2015, with funding devolved to Wales, Scotland and local authorities in England.

This note sets out the background to the ILF, how the ILF worked, and the decision by the then Coalition Government to close it and the subsequent legal challenge (which was unsuccessful).

A separate note, entitled Local replacements for the Individual Living Fund (England) (CBP 7788) provides information on funding under the new arrangements.

Commons Briefing papers CBP-7787

Author: Tim Jarrett

Topics: Community care, Sickness, disability and carers' benefits

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