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About the ILF Margaret Cooper
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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 Funds are constituted as publicly financed discretionary trusts. 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.

In the case of the Extension Fund, the aim has been to continue paying awards to people who were clients of the original ILF, which was closed to new applicants at the end of March 1993 when new community care funding arrangements were implemented.
The 93 Fund was set up at that time to accept new applications from people who need more help than their local authority was able to provide.

A combined administration operates for the two Funds, with over 100 staff in Nottingham and 60 self-employed Visiting Social Workers who carry out assessments throughout the UK.

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