Independent Living Fund

The ILF has now been taken over by the local authorities.

The Independent Living Fund is an Executive Non-Departmental Public Body of the Department for Work and Pensions that grants discretionary payments to disabled people over 16 so that they can live in the community rather than in residential care. The official page is

In order to safeguard existing users' awards, the ILF will not be accepting any new applications for the remainder of the 2010-11 financial year. Those already receiving an award under the old rules will continue to do so.

The rules have changed, now the eligibility conditions are that you must:

  • be self-employed or in paid work for at least 16 hours per week
  • get at least £340 worth of support a week or £17,680 a year from social services.This support could be something like going to a day-centre or getting money from a direct payment scheme;
  • get the higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance;
  • be at least 16 and under 65. If you apply before you are 65, the funding can continue after your 65th birthday as long as you still meet all the other conditions;
  • have less than £23,000 in savings/capital (this includes any money your partner has).

Under the old rules you didn't have to be in paid employment and the fund applied to those with profound learning disabilities. The fund would pay for a sitting service as well as personal and domestic care.

Holiday cover
Liann on holiday in Spain
If you are claiming under the old rules as we are for Liann you can use these funds when you are on holiday abroad to pay for services. We use an agency in Spain and the ILF will pay for a nurse to come and sit with Liann. The agency we use is Care 4 you in Spain but there may be similar agencies elsewhere. Care 4 you in Spain covers a large part of Alicante and its website is