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To: Ed Miliband and Ed Balls
Save the Independent Living Fund
Keep the Independent Living Fund open or at least ring-fence the money for LAs if Labour wins the general election.
Why is this important?
"The test of a good society is you look after the frail, the vulnerable, the poorest in our society,” said David Cameron to Andrew Marr in 2010. But still the government is closing the Independent Living Fund (ILF). The fund allows 18,000 profoundly disabled people to pay for care hours needed to lead independent lives.
The Labour Party has said that the Government should not close the ILF. So far so good but bizarrely it is now Labour Party policy to oversee the closure of the ILF if it wins the general election. What is the Labour party for, if it’s NOT for upholding social justice, equality and human rights?
Under the current government plans independence and dignity could be taken away for people who are severely disabled. And Labour is now endorsing those plans. Plans that force severely disabled people into care homes or leave them effectively imprisoned in their own homes.
The Government plans to close the ILF on 30 June 2015 and wants to pass the responsibility to cash strapped local authorities. Around 18,000 ILF claimants will be at the mercy of local authorities, who are already suffering huge cuts of 26% to social care funding with a further £10 billion cuts in the pipeline.
Sometimes it's hard to know what the right thing is. This is not one of those times. Please sign the petition now.
Tell Ed Miliband and Ed Balls to keep the Independent Living Fund open if Labour wins the general election.
Remind them what Labour is for. Tell them it’s for upholding equality and human rights in our society against these cruel cuts like this.