Five disabled people have succeeded in a legal challenge to the government’s decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund. The ILF currently provides support enabling nearly 20,000 severely disabled people in the UK to live independent lives in the community.
The High Court ruled in April that the closure decision was lawful. But the five argued that the court had gone wrong in law and there had been a lack of proper consultation over the changes. The closure decision was taken on 18 December last year.
Appeal judges Lord Justice Elias, Lord Justice Kitchin and Lord Justice McCombe allowed the challenge, quashing the original decision. Lord Justice McCombe said the evidence upon which the decision had been based did not give “an adequate flavour of the responses received indicating that independent living might well be put seriously in peril for a large number of people“.