Independent Living Fund Task Group

About the Independent Living Fund (ILF)

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) was originally set up in 1988 as a national resource providing financial support to disabled people to enable independent living in the community. National government information on the ILF is available here.

In 2010 the Government made plans to change how the fund is delivered to people who need it.

What has happened to the ILF, or what is planned?

  • In June 2010. Central Government made the decision to close the ILF to new applications.
  • December 2012. It was announced that the ILF would close completely on 31 March 2015. At the time of the announcement the Government's intention was to transfer the responsibility for assessment and support of people receiving ILF to the local authority, via a transfer review programme, and that this would be completed by 31 March 2015.
  • November 2013, following a Court of Appeal judgment overturning the Government’s decision to close the ILF work on the transfer review programme ceased.
  • 2014. After conducting a new Equality Analysis the Government decided to resume plans to close the ILF with a new closure date of 30 June 2015. After this date, responsibility for supporting ILF users is due to fall to individual local authorities.
  • Today. Last December Mayor George Ferguson wrote to Central Government to present his view on the plans together with views from Council Members and Bristol citizens. Read the Mayor's letter to the Secretary of State (pdf, 35k) (opens new window) and to David Cameron (pdf, 25k) (opens new window) .

You can read various responses to these letters below: 

Laurence Mann, Political Private Secretary for Prime Minister David Cameron (pdf, 113k) (opens new window) (pdf, 113k) (opens new window)

Mark Harper, Secretary of State for Disabled People (pdf, 105k) (opens new window)

Nick Clegg, Leader of the Liberal Democrats (pdf, 104k) (opens new window)

Ed Miliband, Leader of the Labour Party (pdf, 95k) (opens new window)

Natalie Bennett, Leader of the Green Party in England and Wales (pdf, 30k) (opens new window)

Dawn Primarolo, MP for Bristol South (pdf, 51k) (opens new window)

Councillor Phil Bale, Leader of City of Cardiff Council (pdf, 98k) (opens new window)

Councillor Gordon Matheson, Leader of Glasgow City Council (pdf, 184k) (opens new window)

William Dartmouth, MEP, UKIP (pdf, 57k) (opens new window)

ILF in Bristol

In Bristol there are 97 people who currently receive ILF. We understand that people receiving the fund are concerned about the plan to transfer of responsibility from ILF to the local authority.

Staff from the ILF are working with Council officers to transfer Support Plans for ILF users into the local authority Care Management services. In doing this we are following the Transfer Review Programme Code of Practice. This has been published by the Independent Living Fund themselves, together with the Association of Directors of Adult Social Services and the Local Government Association.

View the Transfer Review Programme Code of Practice.

See associated transfer documents below:

Letter to ILF recipients from Care management (pdf, 132k) (opens new window)
ILF assessment process (pdf, 157k) (opens new window)
ILF assessment process easy read (pdf, 221k) (opens new window)
ILF transfer assessment information easy read (pdf, 109k) (opens new window)

Bristol's ILF Task Group

The Council is working with ILF recipients and stakeholders in partnership to set up an ILF Task Group - a reference group preparing for the closure.

The structure of the ILF Task Group:

The ILF Task Group now forms part of the Physical & Sensory Impairment Partnership Board, however the Task Group is not Impairment-specific. The Group includes:

  • Service users,
  • Family carers,
  • Council officers,
  • Members of Bristol Disability Equality Forum,
  • Representation from the West of England Centre for Integrated Living (WECIL),
  • A local Councillor.

What the ILF Task Group will do:

Working to agreed ILF Task Group Terms of Reference (pdf, 43k) (opens new window) (pdf, 43k) (opens new window) , the group will:

  • share updates on progress,
  • consider questions that are raised by people affected by the closure,
  • use an action list to gather and share information on the progress of the Transfer Review Programme,
  • answer and resolve issues of concern.

To introduce itself the Task Group has written to all ILF recipients offering appropriate contact details for support and answers to questions from individuals. View the letter and the useful contacts (pdf, 64k) (opens new window) .

See below minutes of task group meetings:

ILF Task Group minutes 19 November 2015 (pdf, 36k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group minutes 1 October 2015 (pdf, 23k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group minutes 17 June 2015 (pdf, 90k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group Minutes 8 April, 2015 (pdf, 108k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group Minutes 11 February, 2015 (pdf, 88k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group Minutes 19 November, 2014 (pdf, 33k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group Minutes 24 September, 2014 (pdf, 34k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group Minutes 9 July, 2014 (pdf, 50k) (opens new window)

ILF Task Group Minutes 21 May, 2014 (pdf, 41k) (opens new window)

The ILF Task Group is coordinated by Alistair Henderson, Planning & Development Manager. For further information, email Alistair:

Apply for flexible funding

Flexible funding application form (pdf, 130k) (opens new window)

Flexible funding guidance (pdf, 307k) (opens new window)

Care Act 2014 Eligibility Criteria (pdf, 321k) (opens new window) (pdf, 321k) (opens new window)