MP wants decision to scrap ILF overturned
‘Loss of fund will stop disabled people living a full life’
AN MP has called on Hillingdon Council to protect disabled people in the borough, after the government’s controversial scrapping of Independent Living Fund (ILF).
Hayes and Harlington Labour MP John McDonnell is critical of the decision to scrap the fund, which provides people with disabilities with finances to help live an independent life in the community.
Instead of the ILF, funds will be transferred to local councils to set up its own schemes. However, the money is not ring- fenced and Mr McDonnell fears that Conservativerun Hillingdon Council will cut the support and use the money elsewhere at the expense of disabled people.
He said: “I am totally opposed to the scrapping of the ILF and have supported lobbies of parliament against this government policy.
“Now that it is going through, I am demanding that Hillingdon Council commits itself to ring fencing and protecting the funds transferred and introduces a local ILF scheme to support people with disabilities in the way the ILF did.
“The ILF makes the difference for many disabled people between living a full life in our community or being placed in a residential home. I say save the ILF.”
n OPPOSITION: Hayes and Harlington MP John McDonnell