Independent Living Fund - The ILF

What is the Independent Living Fund (ILF)?

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) is a part of the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and is dedicated to providing financial assistance to disabled people, as well as creating higher standards of independent living. The fund is aimed at offering disabled people the same freedom to live their own lives in the same way as able-bodied people.

The Independent Living Fund is offered to severely disabled people (in accordance with its own set of eligibility criteria) on a four-weekly basis. The amounts offered vary between individuals depending on the nature and severity of disability.

How can the Independent Living Fund help me?

The ILF aims to give disabled people a choice. If you have a disability, you may qualify for financial support which will help with costs of living in the community or in residential care or sheltered accommodation.

The Independent Living Fund can be paid directly into your bank account electronically, which means you will be in complete control of the money you receive. You may use the Fund to pay for personal assistants or any other individual to allow you to remain living at home.

How do I qualify to receive the Independent Living Fund?

To receive Independent Living Fund payments, you must:
  • Receive a minimum from social security – (£320 per week, or £16,640 per year in 2009)

  • Be in receipt of the higher rate care component of Disability Living Allowance

  • Be over 16 and under 65 years of age.
  • Have a maximum amount of capital or savings.  This includes any moneys which your partner earns, where applicable. (£23,000 in 2009)

  • Be resident in the United Kingdom.

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