On Tuesday 30th June – the day the Independent Living Fund (1) closes – ILF recipients, campaigners and Allies will meet outside Downing Street to hand over petitions calling on the Prime Minister to protect Disabled people’s right to independent living. Over 25,000 signatures have been collected online, supported by a video made by the stars of Coronation Street (2), and also during the 2014 UK Tour of Graeae Theatre Company’s ‘The Threepenny Opera’ (3).
After laying a wreath for the ILF, Schimmel, the equine star and proud battle horse of the ‘Threepenny Opera’ will lead a march to the Houses of Parliament, where disabled campaigners last week attempted to enter the House of Commons Chamber to protest against the ILF closure (4).
ILF recipient, singer and musician, John Kelly, who performed in the opening ceremony of the Paralympic Games said: “30th June marks the closure of the ILF. This terrible action is wrong but the battle to protect disabled people’s right to Independent Living will go on. This isn’t theatre, this is our lives.”
Campaigners will meet outside Downing Street at 11.30am.
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Notes for editors:
1) Firstly, the ILF is NOT a benefit. The ILF was set up in 1988 to provide support to enable disabled people with high support needs to live in the community when the alternative was residential care. After the Fund closes on 30th June, responsibility for meeting the full social care needs of existing ILF recipients will transfer to Local Authorities. LA administered care and support does not provide the same level of range of support as the ILF and with social care in crisis, the transfer process is already beset with difficulties (http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/ilf-closure-shock-over…).
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