Disability protesters have stormed the House of Commons in protest over the Government’s decision to close the Independent Living Fund.
Storming the House of Commons central lobby, around 30 protesters – including disabled people in wheelchairs – managed to get within yards of where David Cameron was responding to questions from MPs (PMQs).
Chanting “save the ILF”, furious protesters demanded that the government reverse its decision to devolve responsibility for providing care to severely disabled people in England to local authorities.
One protester told the BBC: “The independent living fund is vital to lives of disabled people. Why should it be fragmented down to councils who can’t afford it?”
Campaigners fear that councils will be unable to provide the same quality of care as that offered by the ILF, due to funding cuts. Although local authorities have a legal responsibility to provide care under the changes, most councils have admitted they will not ring-fence ILF resources. This has led to some disabled people fearing they will become prisoners in their own homes, unable to play an active part in local communities.
Devolved administrations in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland are devising their own replacements to the scheme.
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Updated at 14:46 on 24 June 2015 to add video.