Independent Living Fund closure to go ahead- says Disabilities Minister
The government has said it will press ahead with closure of the Independent Living Fund. It is the second time it has attempted to close the £320m fund, which provides support for more than 18,000 severely disabled people. The Court of Appeal ruled against such a move last year, saying the government had not given proper consideration to issues raised by the Equality Act. But Disabilities Minister Mike Penning said the coalition was planning to close the fund on 30 June next year.