Five disabled people have been successful in winning a legal battle to the government’s determination to get rid of the Independent Living Fund.
The £320 million Independent Living Fund currently provides support, giving the means to almost 19,000 seriously disabled people in the United Kingdom to live independent lives in the community.
The High Court ordered in April that the discontinuation settlement was legitimate, but this was turned over by the Court of Appeal, in spite of the fact, the government said it was taking into consideration whether to contest the verdict by the Court of Appeal.
Throughout the Court of Appeal inquiry, the five insisted the High Court had misunderstood the directives and; there had been a lack of genuine debate by ministers over the modifications.
They said that with the absence of Independent Living Funding and support, they would be forced into residential care and, be deprived of their potential to take part in work and, day-to-day events on the same premise as able bodied people.
The scheme’s typical payout is £300 a week and, the government has said councils, which control nearly all social care, will take over funding this assistance. Ministers took the resolve to close the funding on 18th December last year.
Court of Appeal judges gave permission the challenge in the High Court’s previous ruling, rescinding the original verdict in favour of the government.
It was said that the evidence upon which the settlement had been founded had not given an adequate flavour of the responses received, demonstrating that independent living might well be put severely in danger for a great number of disabled people.
Disabled claimants were worried that the ruling to close the fund and transfer the money to local authorities would lead the way to a cutback, or even misplacement of that money, which had previously been ring fenced.
Welcoming the powerful judgement, law firms Deighton Pierce-Glynn and Scott-Moncrieff & Associates, which represented the applicants, said their clients had dreaded the loss of their Independent Living Fund support, which would endanger their entitlement to live with self-respect and, that they could be forced into long-term residential care, or be deprived of their capacity to work and, engage in daily events on an equivalent standing with other people.
The Court of Appeal ruling was reported as being of the greatest significance, not just for the applicants, but for each disabled person.
The ILF was established in 1988, but the government found in 2010 that it had become no longer relevant or sustainable to keep running the scheme outside the mainstream social care system and, the fund was closed to new claimants shortly after.
The government speaks of wanting people to go back to work and, yet they make it so hard for people to do that, because they can’t merely say one thing, but mean another, if they do that, then it makes the system extremely defective. ILF was favourable in so many ways for the disabled and, to take that away from them would be very damaging.
It appears that all that this government do, spreads like cancer and, we’re at the compassion of the government, for they have the ability to do anything they see fit, while they hang us out to dry.
At the start they gave us all these marvelous speeches about how they were going to do this and, how they would make things better for the people of the United Kingdom, but it was all jibber jabber and, as learned as they may appear, they in fact have no idea of how the real world slogs and hauls its worn out jenny on a day-to-day basis.
They’re so soaked up with what they want and, what they can get out of it, that they have no compassion for other people, as they engage on stealing from the poverty-stricken to furnish the wealthy, to make them even more rich. They’re not worried about our welfare, as television advertisements drill direction into our children, giving them ideas that merely the regime want to put there for their own benefit, while they harvest the bounty.
They have no good character and, they’re excellent at concealing the facts, but in all sincerity they’re just trying to survive just like the general public, because without us they would be in the very same situation we are now, with nothing and, if we were to recognise that they’re in fact no different from the general public, we then start to comprehend that they’re just human beings and, they can be damaged and, they can be undermined.
The thing to understand is this, it will not be the general public that will sabotage them, it will be the government themselves, because they are their own overwhelming opponent, because when one considers themselves beyond disdain and condemnation and, they’re convinced that they’re above suspicion, that is when they come under disapproval and examination.