DWP’s decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund overturned thanks to Labour’s Equality Act.

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In a very significant decision which highlights the effects of the Equality Act 2010 on public authorities and their decision-making, the Court of Appeal has 
found that the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) decision to close the Independent Living Fund was not lawful, overturning the High Court’s decision of April 2013. The Government has indicated that it will not be appealing this judgement and the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will remain intact for now.
People with disabilities may receive funding under the IILF: a non-departmental Government body which provides money to help disabled people live independent lives in the community. The ILF operates an independent discretionary trust funded by the DWP and managed by a board of trustees. Its aim is to combat social exclusion on the grounds of disability and the money is generally used to enable disabled people to live in their own homes and to pay for care…

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