Scope comments on disabled activist's victory

Commenting on news that disabled activists won their Independent Living Fund case against the government, Richard Hawkes, Chief Executive of the disability charity Scope, said:

"We are opposed to the closure of the Independent Living Fund.

"Today’s ruling offers hope for the 20,000 people set to lose support to live independently.

"It is testament to the hard work and perseverance of disabled activists fighting the ILF closure.

"The Government says councils will provide support instead, but this just isn’t the case.

"Cash-strapped councils are massively restricting who gets social care, and a huge number of disabled people who need support to get up, get dressed and get out of the house have been squeezed out of the system.

"In 2013 if a disabled person needs support to live independently they should get it."

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