The Independent Living Funds is now closed 2017

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Eligibility - who can apply?

To receive help you must meet all of the following criteria:

  • Receive at least £16,640 per year (£320 per week) in services or direct payments from your local Social Services Department. 
  • Be at least 16 years of age and apply before your 65th birthday.
  • Receive the highest rate care component of Disability Living Allowance (DLA).
  • Have capital of less than £23,000 (excluding the property you live in). This amount includes any capital your partner may have.
  • Be living in the UK

The ILF can pay up to a maximum of £475 per week on top of Social Services input and your assessed contribution.

In all cases we would expect you to contribute half of your care component of DLA, and all of your Severe Disability Premium, if paid to you with your Income Support, towards your care costs.

Applications are subject to prioritisation.  The ILF now prioritises applications from the following groups:

· If you are in work or self employed for at least 16 hours per week your application will be accepted so long as you meet the rules about who can apply to the ILF

Second priority is then given to you if:

· You are in receipt of Income Support, Pension Guarantee Credit, Income Based Job Seekers Allowance, Income Related Employment and Support Allowance or have an income similar to Income Support level* even though you do not receive the benefit AND have a total care package which is expected to add up to at least the minimum package cost currently fixed at £500 per week**.

* Only once the financial information form is completed and returned to the ILF will we be able to tell if your income is close enough to Income Support levels for your application to be accepted. From 31 March 2009 people with income no more than 25% above income support level will be prioritised.

**£500 refers to the total cost of the care package, including Social Services and ILF funding and any personal contribution.

If you are not in one of the groups listed above, it is unlikely your application will succeed.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply you can download an application form.  Click here for more information.


The Independent Living Funds is now closed 2017
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