21 May 2015
The Independent Living Fund closes on 30th June 2015.
Set up in 1988, it aims to keep people with severe disabilities out of institutional care and living in their own homes and communities. It’s relatively cheap to administer at 2% of the total cost, and it’s vastly cheaper than residential care. It enables people to work, and it enables people’s families to work. More about it here.
This video explains more:
As a party, we have supported campaigns to reinstate this fund - including our Party's conference pledge,
and Mary Laver's march from Westminster to Chingford.
Rebecca Tully, who walked with Mary as she made her journey explains; "It brought it home to me when I met Mary what these cuts mean, and how so much of what our Party is campaigning for is connected. Mary manages her condition with a great organic diet - an hour of quick care a day is barely enough to heat a microwave meal, so as well as taking away independence we are subjecting people to live completely unsustainable, miserable lives that will ultimately make them and our communities less healthy. It makes no sense"
Please join us in supporting the 100+ residents in our area, and their friends and families, affected by this.
Our campaign calls for both councils to ring-fence the money they have been given since the closure of the fund for the next 9 months.
We will also continue to campaign for the fund to be re-opened - at present there is no provision at all after the end of the year.
We'll upload our letters sent to both councils shortly. Please feel free to use these to make your own contact.
Would you like to be part of this campaign? Are you an organisation working with people affected, or affected yourself? Aere you one of many who haven't even been able to apply for the fund in the last two years?
Please get in touch - if you are doing something similar, we'd love to link up.
These funds have been ring-fenced successfully in a number of areas http://www.disabilityrightsuk.org/news/2015/april/most-councils-will-not-ring-fence-ilf-resources, some after strong Green campaigns such as in Bristol. Disability rights organisations agree that ring-fencing the reduced amount of money is the best scenario in this unfair situation.
<iframe src="https://player.vimeo.com/video/106278113?color=ffffff&byline=0&portrait=0" width="536" height="301" frameborder="0" webkitallowfullscreen mozallowfullscreen allowfullscreen></iframe> <p><a href="https://vimeo.com/106278113">We're all in it together - aren't we?</a> from <a href="https://vimeo.com/moorelavanfilms">Moore Lavan Films</a> on <a href="https://vimeo.com">Vimeo</a>.</p>