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Thursday, 16 March 2006

Funding Boost for Severely Disabled People

Written by The Editorial Team
Increased financial help will soon be available for some severely disabled people wishing to live independently in the community.

The maximum grant payable through the two Independent Living Funds will be raised from April, it was announced today. This increases the maximum payment by £1,820 per year for the ILF (Extension) Fund and £3,640 per year for the ILF (1993) Fund.
Announcing the increase, Anne McGuire, Minister for Disabled People said:
"Disabled people have every right to lead full, independent lives and make their own contribution to the community. The Independent Living Funds help many disabled people across  the United Kingdom achieve this.
''This new boost will be good news for severely disabled people, should their support needs increase in the future.''
Chief Executive of the Independent Living Funds, Elaine Morton, added:
"These increases will help the ILF  continue to offer choice and opportunity for people with high support needs to live independently with the control and freedom to make  financial decisions on their support arrangements."
The maximum weekly payment from the Independent Living (1993) Fund will increase from £420 per week to £455 per week (£23,660 per year) and for the Independent Living (Extension) Fund from £715 per week to £785 per week (£40,820 per year).
The Independent Living Funds make grants  to people with high support needs who wish to live independently in the  community and currently support over 17,500 people.