7 January 2015
The Green Party deplores the fact that by June 2015, the Independent Living Fund (ILF) on which more than 18,000 severely disabled people rely is being disbanded and does not believe that all local authorities are going to be able to provide equivalent levels of support, and already eligibility criteria have been tightened.
Even in the terms of austerity, this decision doesn't make sense: the average weekly payment to ILF recipients is £346, whereas residential care costs are on average £738 per week. And that's without considering the human costs of lives disrupted, independence lost, opportunities for employment and community participation lost.
The Green Party urges the Government to respect its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of Disabled Persons by maintaining the ILF and reopening applications which were closed in 2010.
Green MP Caroline Lucas was a co-sponsor of Early Day Motion (EDM) 1234 calling for the restoration and maintenance of the ILF.