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DECISION TO CLOSE THE INDEPENDENT LIVING FUND

EDM (Early Day Motion) 113: tabled on 17 June 2014

Tabled in the 2014-15 session.

This motion has been signed by 59 Members. It has not yet had any amendments submitted.

As this motion is using historical data, we may not have the record of the original ordering, in which case signatories are listed alphabetically.

Motion text

That this House is deeply concerned by the Government's announcement to close by June 2015 the Independent Living Fund (ILF), on which over 18,000 disabled people with high support needs rely to live independently in the community; questions the decision to give local authorities (LAs) responsibility for this funding without ring fencing when LAs have already cut spending by £1.9 billion on adult services through efficiencies and service reduction between 2011 and 2013, and the Department of Health has shown that demand for adult social services has outstripped funding as expenditure fell nine per cent behind demand over the last four years; notes that experts believe financial pressure and loss of experienced ILF staff will mean current recipients will be placed in residential care or left at home without adequate care provision; highlights the inadequate Government equality assessment which, for example, cites the range of Disabled Student Allowances (DSAs) available to ameliorate the impact of withdrawing ILF on students, despite DSAs also being cut and being an incomparable allowance with a different use; therefore considers the numerous and significant cuts to disabled benefits mean a cumulative impact assessment of cuts on disabled people is a prerequisite to any decision about the ILF; is reminded that in 2013 the Court of Appeal found the Government's decision to close the ILF in March 2015 breached equality duties; and urges the Government to respect its obligations under the UN Convention of the Rights of Disabled Persons by maintaining the ILF and reopening applications.

The first 6 Members who have signed to support the motion are the sponsors. The primary sponsor is generally the person who tabled the motion and has responsibility for it. The date shown is when the Member signed the motion.

In addition to the sponsors, the following Members have signed to support the motion.

Abbott, Ms Diane
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2014
Hackney North and Stoke Newington
Anderson, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2014
Blaydon
Blomfield, Paul
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2014
Sheffield Central
Blunkett, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 7 July 2014
Sheffield, Brightside and Hillsborough
Bottomley, Sir Peter
Conservative
Signed on 30 June 2014
Worthing West
Caton, Martin
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
Gower
Champion, Sarah
Labour
Signed on 17 November 2014
Rotherham
Clark, Katy
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
North Ayrshire and Arran
Connarty, Michael
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
Linlithgow and East Falkirk
Cooper, Rosie
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2014
West Lancashire
Corbyn, Jeremy
Labour
Signed on 21 October 2014
Islington North
Crausby, Mr David
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2014
Bolton North East
Cunningham, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2014
Coventry South
Cunningham, Sir Tony
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Workington
Dodds, Mr Nigel
Democratic Unionist Party
Signed on 18 June 2014
Belfast North
Doran, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 5 September 2014
Aberdeen North
Dowd, Jim
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Lewisham West and Penge
Engel, Natascha
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2014
North East Derbyshire
Field, Mr Frank
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2014
Birkenhead
Gapes, Mike
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2014
Ilford South
Gilmore, Sheila
Labour
Signed on 8 September 2014
Edinburgh East
Glass, Pat
Labour
Signed on 13 October 2014
North West Durham
Glindon, Mrs Mary
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
North Tyneside
Godsiff, Mr Roger
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2014
Birmingham, Hall Green
Hancock, Mr Mike
Independent
Signed on 1 July 2014
Portsmouth South
Hermon, Lady
Independent
Signed on 25 June 2014
North Down
Heyes, David
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Ashton-under-Lyne
Hood, Mr Jim
Labour
Signed on 10 September 2014
Lanark and Hamilton East
Hopkins, Kelvin
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
Luton North
Huppert, Dr Julian
Liberal Democrat
Signed on 25 November 2014
Cambridge
Jackson, Glenda
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
Hampstead and Kilburn
Kaufman, Sir Gerald
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
Manchester, Gorton
Lavery, Ian
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
Wansbeck
Llwyd, Mr Elfyn
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 24 June 2014
Dwyfor Meirionnydd
Lucas, Caroline
Green Party
Signed on 24 June 2014
Brighton, Pavilion
Marsden, Mr Gordon
Labour
Signed on 30 June 2014
Blackpool South
McDonnell, Dr Alasdair
Social Democratic & Labour Party
Signed on 25 June 2014
Belfast South
McDonnell, John
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
Hayes and Harlington
McGovern, Jim
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2014
Dundee West
Mearns, Ian
Labour
Signed on 3 July 2014
Gateshead
Morris, Grahame M.
Labour
Signed on 18 June 2014
Easington
Mudie, Mr George
Labour
Signed on 15 July 2014
Leeds East
Osborne, Sandra
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2014
Ayr, Carrick and Cumnock
Roy, Lindsay
Labour
Signed on 24 June 2014
Glenrothes
Ruddock, Dame Joan
Labour
Signed on 1 July 2014
Lewisham, Deptford
Sharma, Mr Virendra
Labour
Signed on 25 June 2014
Ealing, Southall
Skinner, Mr Dennis
Labour
Signed on 19 June 2014
Bolsover
Smith, Nick
Labour
Signed on 2 September 2014
Blaenau Gwent
Walley, Joan
Labour
Signed on 23 June 2014
Stoke-on-Trent North
Weir, Mr Mike
Scottish National Party
Signed on 19 June 2014
Angus
Williams, Hywel
Plaid Cymru
Signed on 18 June 2014
Arfon
Woodward, Mr Shaun
Labour
Signed on 10 July 2014
St Helens South and Whiston

These members had previously signed the motion, but have now withdrawn their support. The date shown is when the Member withdrew their signature from the motion.