Minister sets out plans to support 1,600 severely disabled people in Wales to live independently
The Welsh Government will step in to support more than 1,600 severely disabled people in Wales who currently rely on a UK Goverment fund for their care needs when it closes next year, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford announced today.
The UK Government will close the Independent Living Fund (ILF) on June 30, 2015.
The fund makes direct cash payments to disabled people who have significant care needs. It helps them to meet the cost of the care and support they need or to employ their own personal assistant.
Payments can be used for a range of support, including:
- assistance with eating and drinking;
- cooking and preparing food and drink;
- assistance with dressing;
- cleaning, laundry and other domestic duties.
As of July this year there were 1,686 ILF recipients in Wales, who overall received, on average just over £335 a week to meet their needs.
The Welsh Government is consulting on a range of options for providing the ILF support after June 2015. These range from passing responsibility and funding to local authorities to establishing a Welsh fund similar to the current Independent Living Fund.
Professor Drakeford said:
“Whatever our views about the UK Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund, we need to agree and put in place future arrangements in Wales to support current ILF recipients to continue to live independently.
“The UK Government’s decision to close the ILF has caused anxiety among those who receive support. I want to reassure them that we are committed to ensuring appropriate arrangements will be in place in good time to meet their support needs.
“I would encourage all those with an interest take part in the consultation to make their views about the best way to meet recipients’ needs in the future known.
Latest News from
First Omicron case confirmed in Wales03/12/2021 16:20:00
A case of the Omicron variant of concern has been confirmed in Wales.
THE Campus Live03/12/2021 15:15:00
'THE Campus Live' speech by Jeremy Miles, Minister for Education and Welsh Language.
Fund to tackle loneliness and isolation launched03/12/2021 09:05:00
A fund to tackle loneliness and social isolation will help grass root organisations bring communities together across Wales.
Co-operation Agreement signed02/12/2021 14:05:00
The First Minister and Leader of Plaid Cymru yesterday signed the Co-operation Agreement, marking the start of a 3-year partnership.
Changes to GP contract to improve access to appointments01/12/2021 14:05:00
Health Minister Eluned Morgan today (1 December) announced new changes to the GP contract to help to improve access to appointments.
Minister launches ‘Ending Homelessness Action Plan’ with new funding for private rented sector to play their part30/11/2021 14:10:00
The Welsh Government’s commitment to end homelessness will be made clear in the Senedd later today as Climate Change Minister Julie James launches the Ending Homelessness Action Plan.
New food and drink vision launched as Winter Fair returns29/11/2021 14:05:00
Growing the Welsh food and drink industry’s value to £8.5bn and increasing the number of employees in the sector who receive the Welsh Living Wage to 80%, both by 2025, are at the heart of a new Welsh Government vision.
Welsh Government issues direction for the closure of Cinema & Co in Swansea29/11/2021 11:05:00
The Welsh Government has issued a direction for the closure of Cinema & Co in Swansea on public health grounds.