Merton's Independent Living Fund

In February, local Lib Dems sought to protect funding for the care packages of those with the highest support needs in the borough.

Councillor Mary-Jane Jeanes argued that the monies devolved to Merton from the Independent Living Fund (ILF) should be ring-fenced and publicly protected.

The ILF provided support for some 18,000 people with significant disabilities. Up until recently it was administered by central Government but the ILF has been closed, and funds are being devolved to local government. Crucially the money doesn't have to be ring-fenced for this purpose.

At Merton's February Council meeting, Cllr Jeanes' sought to amend a motion on adult social care to give reassurance to the residents who rely on the ILF and to protect their care packages.

Cllr Jeanes said: "The Fund allows people to organise their own care arrangements, and may prevent some from needing residential care, which would probably cost taxpayers more in the long run.

"Ring-fencing the funding will allow those who receive it to carry on with their lives with the independence they have come to expect, and which they deserve."

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