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What we do

The Independent Living Fund (ILF) delivers financial support to disabled people so they can choose to live in their communities rather than in residential care.

Who we are

We are based in Nottingham, where around 120 staff help administer the ILF under the direction of the Chief Executive and a board of directors.

There are also over 90 self-employed regionally based ILF assessors who visit our users on a regular basis.


We are responsible for:

  • working in partnership with over 200 local authorities to provide discretionary cash payments directly to disabled people - these payments allow them to purchase care from an agency or pay the wages of a privately employed personal assistant
  • providing guidance to help users meet the complex responsibilities of becoming an employee
  • providing close ongoing support to our users


In December 2010, the Minister for Disabled People announced that the ILF is permanently closed to new applications. Our priority remains to deliver an excellent service to our users.

In March 2014 the Minister for Disabled People announced that the ILF will be closing on 30 June 2015. From 1 July 2015, the funding and responsibility of ILF care and support needs will transfer to local authorities in England and the devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Our priority remains to provide an excellent service to our users until the ILF closes on 30 June 2015.

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