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Written Proof That Labour Will Not Save The ILF

February 3, 2015

Same Difference has seen an email sent by Kate Green which appears to prove that Labour will not save the Independent Living Fund.


Thank you for our further email, and apologies for not getting back to you before now on the English, Welsh and Scottish material you sent me, which in fact I have been considering very carefully – particularly, as you suggest, the options being considered by the Welsh Assembly Government.

I do need to start by being clear that it’s not Labour’s position to retain the ILF. That’s because I believe that there is now a real opportunity, and indeed a pressing need, to develop a sustainable model of provision for the most severely disabled people within the integrated health and social care landscape that Andy Burnham and Liz Kendall have been articulating, rather than continuing with a standalone fund. I say this not least because an incoming government will immediately embark on a full review to set three year spending plans, and I think it’s vital that the spending review process has the concept of independent living at its heart. I’m therefore working closely with colleagues in the shadow health and CLG teams to establish the principles that will govern our approach.

We of course want to ensure recipients continue to be supported once the ILF has closed, which our proposed guidance to local authorities is intended to address, but our wider purpose is to ensure a sustainable model of provision that protects people’s ability to live independently in the way that they choose. I am really keen to stay in touch with you as we develop our thinking, and perhaps we could have a further conversation about this over the next few weeks.

Best wishes


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  1. February 3, 2015 10:43 pm

    Reblogged this on Britain Isn't Eating and commented:
    At least it sounds as if there will be at least some provision to replace the ILF with the amalgamated NHS Health & Social plan that Andy Burnham is proposing.
    If a better model can be achieved that will offer at least the same if not more monetary support, then the loss of a standalone ILF will not matter.
    Still, its time Labour came out and said what it proposes to do, to allay fears in the disabled community.

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