Victory For Independent Living Rights In English Appeal Court

Posted: November 15, 2013 by rainbowwarriorlizzie in Uncategorized

The Hardest Hit

Statement by Anne Pridmore, Gabriel Pepper and Stuart Bracking As three of the Independent Living Fund users who have challenged the legality of the government's decision to close the Fund, we welcome the Appeal Court's unanimous ruling that this decision should be quashed. Given the Government has decided not to appeal to the Supreme Court, the new Disabled People's Minister Mike Penning will now have to reconsider the Government's approach to the future of the Independent Living Fund and its users. Rather than being the 'privileged group' referred to in the High Court judgement, the Appeal Court has acknowledged the potentially very grave impact the closure of the Fund would have on its users, putting seriously in peril the ability of a large number of people to live independent lives in their own homes, and pursue activities such as employment and education. They concluded that when Disabled People's Minister Esther…

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