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What is the ILF?

The Independent Living Funds (ILF) are two funds set up and financed by UK central government. The Independent Living (Extension) Fund is closed to new applications, and administers the payments to clients of the original ILF (prior to April 1993).

The Independent Living (1993) Fund is open to applications from severely disabled people who meet its eligibility criteria and are permanent residents of the United Kingdom.

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 a Non Departmental Public Body.  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 150 staff in Nottingham and 60 self-employed Independent Living Fund Assessors who carry out assessments throughout the UK.

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