Read DPAC's suggestions on how to get involved with their campaign
Campaign pack for download here:
The Coalition government said they would always support those with the greatest needs. This is likely to be an empty promise when the Independent living Fund closes.
The closure of the Fund will result not only in a loss of support for disabled people leading to a greatly reduced quality of life but also to instances of people being forced into residential homes against their wishes.
The government admitted this in their response to the consultation that was carried out on the Future of the Independent living Fund.
They are knowingly and purposefully going against disabled people’s right to live independently in the community with choice and control over our lives.
The closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) affects everyone in the UK .
There are many ways you add your voice to the campaign:
Use the powerful series of short films made by journalist Kate Belgrave highlighting the impact of the closure of the ILF by circulating the links to the films through email or social media. Campaign groups and disabled people’s organisations could show the films at meetings.
Ask people to sign up to this petition created by Disability Equality Forum Bristol: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/save-the-independent-living-fund
Send a press release to your local newspaper to highlight how the closure of the Independent living Fund will impact on ILF recipients in your local area. You can download a template press release here. You can find the number of ILF recipients in your area as at the end of June 2012 from this document: http://www.dwp.gov.uk/docs/user-profiles-0612.pdf
Email Inclusion London for copies of Independent Living Fund campaign postcards to give out for people to send to their MPs: firstname.lastname@example.org
Post or email a photo of yourself holding up the slogan ‘Independent Living – because we’re worth it’:
Follow the campaign on twitter:
LOBBY DECISION MAKERS
Set up meetings with local Councillors and MPs to urge a commitment to ring fencing ILF money transferred to Local Authorities in April 2015. You can download a copy of any responses your Local Authority (LA) sent in to the Future of the Independent Living Fund using the links provided on the attached list gathered together by DPAC.
Write to your MP asking them to sign up to support the campaign to defend independent living and save the Independent Living Fund. There is an attached template letter you can download here. If you can, include information about how the closure will affect you personally. Not all MPs will sign Early Day Motions and frontbenchers are not able to so if you know the request to sign EDM 651 will not be relevant to your MP do leave it out.
Join the vigil outside the High Courts on 13th March at 12.30pm to coincide with the judicial review being taken by disabled people against the government’s inaccessible and flawed consultation on the future of the Independent living Fund: http://www.dpac.uk.net/2013/02/vigil-to-save-ilf/
If you would like be involved in any actions being planned for the campaign please contact: email@example.com