Research and analysis

Independent Living Fund: post-closure review

This report provides a qualitative assessment of the experiences of the closure of the Independent Living Fund in England.

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Independent Living Fund: post-closure review

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Summary: Independent Living Fund: post-closure review

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In June 2015 the Independent Living Fund (ILF) was closed in England and responsibility for supporting ILF users was passed to local authorities. This research investigates experiences of the closure as perceived by its former recipients and local authority (LA) staff within adult social care departments. It looks at:

  • views and experiences of the transition to LA provision
  • support outcomes under new LA arrangements
  • different LA models for managing the transition

The Department for Work and Pensions commissioned this research to monitor the impact of ILF closure on its former recipients. It is a requirement of the Closure of the Independent Living Fund: equality analysis.

The research will inform the government’s understanding of how local authorities can provide support in an efficient and personalised way.

Authors: Valdeep Gill, Lauren Porter, Katja Gravenhorst, Fay Sullivan and Fatima Husain (NatCen).

Published 20 January 2017