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Reappointment Of ILF Trustees

Minister for Disabled People, Anne McGuire, has today announced the reappointment of Marie Martin and Professor Peter Cooke as trustees for the Independent Living Fund.

Marie Martin was appointed as trustee in September 2003. She has been reappointed as a trustee for a further five-year term until August 2013.

Professor Peter Cooke was appointed in October 2003 and will be reappointed as a trustee for a further five-year term until September 2013. He has been Vice Chairman of trustees since April 2016 and will continue in this role.

The Independent Living Fund (2016) is an executive non departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). It is wholly funded by the DWP and the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland (DSD) and provides financial support to severely disabled people who wish to live independently in the community rather than in residential or nursing care.

Help is provided through cash payments to individuals which they can use to buy personal care and/or domestic assistance, providing greater opportunities for choice and control in their individual care arrangements. The fund works in partnership with local authorities to devise joint care packages for its customers.

Although the fund, which is a discretionary trust, is funded by the DWP and the DSD, it operates at arms length from the Government. It is financed by cash limited ‘grants-in-aid’ and managed by a board of trustees appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions. Under the rules of the trust, the trustees have discretion about who they help. Their 2018/2009 budget for the UK is £343 million to help around 21,000 customers. 

Notes to Editors:

Marie Martin is currently a care Manager for the British Nursing Association and Chairman of the Shooting Star Children's Hospice and Linden Hall Day Centre as well as a trustee of the Hampton Fuel Trust. She has previously been a social services manager for Hounslow & Kingston Upon Thames and has also worked in the private sector. 

Professor Peter Cooke is Professor and Head of the Centre for Automotive Industries Management at Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University.  He is a consultant, writer and broadcaster on automotive disability issues and was appointed Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow of 2002. Peter has also been a non-executive director of Remploy for the past five years.

All appointments under the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice are made on merit, and political activity plays no part in the selection process.  Marie Martin and Professor Peter Cooke have declared no political activity and hold no other ministerial public appointments.

The Independent Living Funds' address is PO Box 7525,Nottingham, NG2 4ZT, website:

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