The long awaited consultation on the future of the Independent Living Fund was launched on the 12th of July and you have until 10th of October to reply.
The government's preferred approach is that from 2015 ILF funding is devolved to local government in England and to the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. In England and Wales this will allow existing users to have their eligible care and support needs met within the statutory system though personalised budgets and direct payments, ensuring ILF users are engaged with their local authority and so are accessing the full range of services available, in line with local priorities
The Government’s approach to the ILF is driven by their view there is a need to reform the system. The ministers stress that the Government is fully committed to maintaining existing care packages up to April 2015.
The situation in Scotland will develop differently but people may still wish to contribute to the DWP consultation. More details can be found by clicking on this link.