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Happy New Year: we've got a fight on our hands! / 5 January 2015

A young person in a self propelled wheelchair is holding up a banner that reads 'Stop blaming us ya bastards!'. She is saying:

Save the Independent Living Fund (ILF) © Crippen

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We know we’ve got a fight to survive in the year ahead. Many of our artists, dependent on the Independent Living Fund are under attack. We need to come together creatively and positively to challenge the threat we are under from measures designed by people in power who basically don’t seem to have little clue about the real world.

The letter I received personally from my own MP to complain about the closure of the ILF said: 

“...Ministers have considered the implications of the fund and have undertaken a new equality analysis and gathered further evidence. Following this, the Government has decided to close the ILF on 30th June 2015. This will provide disabled people with choice and control over their care within the mainstream system, with local authorities responsible for meeting the care of support needs of ILF users in England. Local authorities will be funded so that they will be abler to meet their new responsibilities towards ILF users. Awards will be maintained for current users until the ILF closes.”

We’ve got six months to raise a fuss and ensure that our voices are heard above those who may possibly in all sincerity believe that the closure of the ILF will provide disabled people with choice and control!

Join DPAC for a Mass Action to save the ILF, Tuesday, January 6th 1.30pm for 2pm start. House of Commons, SWIA 0AA OR Join Online. DPAC have prepared a webpage with tweets on that you can use. For more information please click here to go to the DPAC website

Keywords: inclusion,independent living

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