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Civil Partnership Act

The Civil Partnership Act came into force on 5 December 2005. In line with DWP policy, the ILF will treat a person who is “living together” with a same sex partner in the same way as a person who is living together as husband and wife with a partner of the opposite sex whether or not they have entered into a civil partnership.

For any new applicant visited by an ILF Assessor on or after 5 December the means (income and capital excluding earnings from employment) will be taken into account as part of our financial assessment. For existing users this policy will be applied at the first reassessment on or after 5 December.

A same sex partner will not normally be allowed to be a paid carer with ILF funding and requests to employ a same sex partner will be considered in the same way as any other request to employ a partner or close relative.

For existing ILF users who employ a same sex partner the arrangement will be allowed to continue for so long as the partner continues to be a paid carer using ILF funding. If the partner ceases to be a paid carer he or she will not automatically be allowed to resume as a paid carer. Such a request would be considered applying the existing criteria for a close family relative.

The Independent Living Funds is now closed 2017
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