Web links for 20th January 2012
The Independent Living Fund makes cash payments directly to disabled people to help them to to live in their communities rather than in residential care.
Maria Miller, Minister for Disabled People, has said that, although funding for existing users will be protected for the life of this parliament the ILF is closed to new applicants. Eventually, the government plans to replace the ILF with a new system that will be part of the eventual reforms of Adult Social Care.
Disabled users, care workers, families and the ILF staff are worried.
Calum Wiley is a disabled person who relies on ILF and he has set up this campaign to challenge the government's decision and win support for a petition to Save the ILF: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/24368
Alastair Hatchett takes apart ten myths about regional pay on the Public Finance Blog