Press release

Independent Living Funds reappointment of trustee

Peter Cooke has been reappointed as a trustee of the Independent Living Fund.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government


Peter Cooke has been reappointed as a trustee of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) board of trustees for a further term from 1 October 2013 to 31 March 2015.

The ILF (2006) is an executive non-departmental public body, sponsored by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and operates as a discretionary trust managed by a board of trustees appointed by the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions

The ILF is wholly funded by the DWP and the Department for Social Development in Northern Ireland and provides financial support to severely disabled people who wish to live independently in the community. Help is provided in the form of cash payments to individuals, which are used to buy personal care and/or domestic assistance, providing greater opportunities for choice and control in their individual care arrangements. They work in partnership with local authorities to devise joint care packages.

On 18 December, following a consultation on the future of the ILF, the government announced that the fund would close on 31 March 2015 with funding devolved to local government in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland and Wales. In preparation for the closure, the ILF has embarked on an intensive programme of transitional review activity that will ensure that every current user has an individually – agreed arrangement in place for transferring their care packages to local authorities. Mr Cooke’s reappointment will enable the ILF to continue to benefit from his experience over this transitional period.

There are 6 existing trustees who are remunerated according to their position within the trust and entitled to be reimbursed for all reasonable and proper expenses incurred in carrying out their duties.

Peter will be remunerated an annual sum of £14,800 out of the trust fund for fulfilling his role.

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Peter is a Professor and Head of the Centre for Automotive Management at the University of Buckingham Business School. He is a consultant, speaker, writer and broadcaster on automotive and disability issues and was appointed a Winston Churchill Memorial Fellow in 2002. He is a governor of Motability, the charity which oversees provision of cars for disabled people. Peter was a Non-Executive Director of Remploy for seven years.

All public appointments under the Office of the Commissioner for Public Appointments Code of Practice are made on merit, and political activity plays no part in the selection process. Peter Cooke has not declared political activity and does not hold other ministerial public appointments.

The Independent Living Fund’s address is:

PO Box 7525


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Caxton House
Tothill Street


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Published 11 October 2013