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
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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