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What is the ILF?
The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is open to applications from severely disabled people who meet its eligibility criteria and are permanent residents of the United Kingdom.
The Independent Living Fund was 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 Independent Living Fund provide a "direct payment" that enables people to purchase care from an agency or pay the wages of a privately employed Personal Assistant (PA).
The Independent Living Fund is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Work and Pensions. 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.
The ILF was originally established in 1988, intended to run for 5 years. When the original Fund closed in 1993, two new Funds were created. The Extension Fund was created to administer the payments of people who applied between 1988 and March 1993 and who continued to receive awards under the old rules. The 1993 Fund was created with slightly different rules - mainly, the condition that Social Services should provide a weekly financial contribution - to take on new applications. By 2006, there were over 18,000 people using the ILF across the UK.
The two Funds were united by the Independent Living Fund (2006) Trust Deed as of 1 October 2007. The ILF continues to fund existing users and new applicants.
An independent board of Trustees has responsibility for overseeing the governance of the organisation. The board sits on a monthly basis and they are responsible for developing the organisation's aims, objectives and goals in association with the Chief Executive and other senior executives. They are also responsible for ensuring sound management of the ILF's resources and expenditure.
The ILF is based in Nottingham. Around 160 staff help administer the ILF under the direction of a Chief Executive and a board of directors. There are also over 90 self-employed regionally based ILF assessors who visit our users on a regular basis.