The Independent Living Fund (ILF)
The ILF provides financial support to people living with disabilities. The recipients of ILF are often said to be some of the most severely disabled people in the UK.
In March 2014 the Coalition Government announced it would close the ILF to new applicants on 30 June 2015. From 1 July 2015 responsibility for supporting ILF users in England passed to local authorities. The amount of money set aside for the ILF was reduced and, more importantly, does not have to be ring-fenced. I have been working with my constituent, Mary Laver, campaigning against this issue.
(click on play to watch Marys video)
Despite being 68 years old, disabled by Rheumatoid Arthritis that has left her totally human and wheelchair dependent, her motto is ‘Life without Limits’ and has participated in many local and national events. Recently Mary was successful with her application to become a volunteer for the Olympic Games in Rio in 2016 and is trying to raise sponsorship to fund this project.
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