MP wants de­ci­sion to scrap ILF over­turned

‘Loss of fund will stop dis­abled peo­ple living a full life’

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Goolis­tan Cooper ed­i­to­ri­aluxbridge@trin­i­

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

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