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Apologies if this has been posted elsewhere on the site, I had a look and didn't find it.


This is a fund that allows people with disabilities to live with care in their own homes. I thought it was one of the more cost effective schemes and as I remember it this was introduced under the last Conservative government. This seems like a moment of madness from the coalition.

Before people start shouting about chancers and scroungers this fund paid for disabled people who would have been forced to live in institutions to live independently. The big question is what happens next? Back to Victorian style institutional care? Much of which vanished with the establishment of this fund in the mid nineties, the original fund dates back to 1988.

Strange, its not even a large sum of money that will be saved - in fact it won't even be saved, it will cost more to establish residential care for the people who benefit from this at the moment.

I am genuinely disappointed and bewildered by the mechanics of why this seems like a good idea.


Maybe I am misreading it, it is the Beeb after all.

Edited by RosieB

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The Telegraph;

For this is the next wave of protest they face. There are high profile benefit cuts coming for people with disabilities – billions of pounds of cuts to Disability Living Allowance to start with. And, as I always remind Coalition ministers and their advisers, a billion pounds from welfare is £1,000 a year from a million people. But a particularly nasty one was sneaked out yesterday. The Independent Living Fund will be abolished from 2015. This fund of nearly £300m a year pays an average of £300 a week to people to support them staying independently in their own homes. If it didn’t exist, it would be exactly the kind of thing that would be branded as a Big Society welfare reform – it helps individuals, and it saves the state millions since the alternative is expensive residential care. Instead, it’s being cut.

Dont carers already get paid a carers allowance?

Seems a bit strange to pay the disabled to then in turn pay carers when carers already get paid directly themselves.

Carer's allowance is in the region of £50 a week for a 35hour+ week. The people who are helped by the Independent living fund usually require someone on hand much of the day. Not everyone has relatives or friends who can take up the slack of care, the fund helps in such cases as well.

Carer's allowance is also strictly limited to one person irrespective of how many people participate in giving the care.

From the Carer's allowance website;

Who can get Carer's Allowance?

You may be able to get Carer's Allowance if you are aged 16 or over and spend at least 35 hours a week caring for a person who gets either:

* Attendance Allowance

* Disability Living Allowance at the middle or highest rate for care

* Constant Attendance Allowance at or above the normal maximum rate with an Industrial Injuries Disablement Benefit

* Constant Attendance Allowance at the basic (full day) rate with a War Disablement Pension

How much do you get?

The weekly rate is £53.90. This is reduced by the amount of certain other benefits, including State Pension, that you receive. If you receive certain other benefits at £53.90 or more a week, Carer's Allowance cannot be paid to you as well.

You may have to pay tax on the amount you receive.

Perhaps the plan is to increase this to offset the loss of the Independent Living Fund. There is woefully little detail behind the announcement.

Here is more information about the fund.




I don't want to judge the coalition before all the facts are in as they say. So we shall see.

Edited by RosieB

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