DPAC – Disabled People Against Cuts – have announced that they are organising a public protest against the closure of the Independent Living Fund. This is the benefit granted to disabled people to allow them to lead something like a normal life with dignity and freedom. The government wishes to abolish this, and turn the payment of such benefits over to local authorities. They claim that this will give the Fund more flexibility and make it responsive to local conditions under their ‘Localism’ agenda. In reality, it means the end of all such funding as councils simply don’t have the funds.
The protest is scheduled for March 12th, at 3-5 pm, outside the DWP headquarters at Caxton House, Tothill, London, SW1H 9WA. Further information on it is at DPAC’s webpage at http://dpac.uk.net/2014/05/join-the-save-ilf-protest-monday-may-12th-london-dwp/.