The Independent Living Funds
The Independent Living Funds were set up as a national resource dedicated to the financial support of disabled people to enable them to choose to live in the community rather than in residential care.
The Independent Living Funds (ILF) are two funds set up and financed by UK central government. The Independent Living (Extension) Fund is closed to new applications, and administers the payments to clients of the original ILF (prior to April 1993). The Independent Living (1993) Fund is open to applications from severely disabled people who meet its eligibility criteria and are permanent residents of the United Kingdom.
For both Funds, awards are in the form of regular four-weekly payments to individuals, which are used to buy personal care in the community. Recipients may use care agencies or employ personal assistants, but may not employ relatives who live in the same house.
Eligibility for the 1993 Fund include that an applicant must:
- be at least 16 and under 66 years of age
- receive the highest rate care component of the Disability Living Allowance
- have capital of less than £18,500
- be assessed by the local authority's Social Services Department as being at risk of entering residential care or capable of leaving it to live in the community and receive at least £320 of services a week from the local authority
The fund can pay up to a maximum of £455 p.w.
For more information about ILF, their application process and full eligibility criteria visit their website at www.ilf.org.uk
Tel: 0845 6018815
Fax: (0115) 9450948
PO Box 7525