The right of disabled people to live independently was established in the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities which was ratified by the British government in 2010. The Independent Living Fund provides support for severely disabled people to enable them to live in their own homes and participate in society. Mike Penney, the then minister for disabled people, announced in March 2014 that he would close the Independent Living Fund immediately to new applicants and shut it down altogether from June 2015.
Trade Unions and disabled people’s organisations have been campaigning to reverse the government decision and this briefing explains what trade unionists can do to help.
Issued: 26 September, 2014