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."

Type:

south 1 west 2 Attitudes 25 Media 5 Politics 19 Welfare 32 Children and families 5 Social care 17 Living 7 Standards 1 awkward 5 awkwardness 1 disability 86 disabled 77 Allowance 2 DLA 7 Independence 14 Payment; 1 Personal 14 PIP; 2 donate 1 fundraising 5 Retail 1 shops 3 StripForScope 1 assisted 3 die 1 dying 2 Scope 37 suicide 4 commission 6 costs 18 equipment 1 extra 18 wheelchair 4 extra costs 20 disabled children 3 exhausted 1 frustrated 1 parents 1 stressed 1 support 6 benefits 25 Chancellor 4 payments 1 PIP 28 Freud's statement 1 Minimum wage 1 Work 20 assisted dying 4 assisted suicide 3 board 1 chair 3 employment 46 employment and support allowance 2 House of Lords 2 children 3 children's 1 commissioner 1 listen 1 Disabled; 1 expensive 1 Life 2 more; 1 People; 2 Powered 1 Wheelchairs 1 Energy 10 families 2 fuel 1 poverty 2 Care 14 Learning 3 People 28 Residential 1 Social 14 View 2 Winterbourne 2 WCA 3 work capability assessment 3 and 3 Autumn 4 Carers 1 CSA 1 Health 5 Investment 1 Older 1 Statement; 2 Jobs 3 Payment 13 Independent living fund 1 accessibility 6 transport 8 charity 18 Gray 1 review 3 work programme 2 Access 4 Reasonable 1 discrimination 3 MS 1 multiple sclerosis 1 right-to-die 1 honours 2 new year honours 2 CBE 1 Adjustment 1 integration 1 NHS 2 £1bn 1 fund 3 growth 2 labour 1 Local 2 market 1 community care 1 independent living 2 learning disability 2 Winterbourne View 1 end the awkward 5 employers 1 gap 11 actors 1 Cameron 1 Downing 1 End 3 Face2Face 1 Samantha 1 Street 1 the 3 Fisher 1 Hindle 1 Robin 1 campaigns 1 green 3 paper 3 parliament 3 Access-to-Work 1 benefit sanctions 2 Department of Work and Pensions 3 Accounts 1 Committee 4 Institution 1 Public 1 (PAC) 1 Election 3 Morgan 1 Patron 1 Sophie 1 Access to Work 2 economic growth 1 employment gap 8 disabled people 17 ONS 4 Queen speech 2 Alex 1 ambassador 1 Brooker 1 Experiences 1 First 1 Impressions 1 Court 2 delays 1 High 1 unlawful 1 appointment 1 Chief 2 Executive 2 interim 1 £550 1 Cost 1 more 1 ILF 1 Independent 3 dating 1 Day 1 International 1 Kiss 1 Kissing 1 relationships 1 disability living allowance 1 employment support allowance 7 ESA 12 Alex Brooker 1 Channel 4 1 faux 1 gaffes 1 Last Leg 1 pas 1 Shorts 1 Dignitas; 1 Dying; 1 Scope; 3 Duncan 1 Iain 1 Reform 1 Smith 1 homes 2 regulator 1 self-regulation 1 devolution 1 northern 1 powerhouse 1 Sheffield 1 A to Z 1 sex 1 Conference 2 IDS 1 Party 1 Tory 1 derby 1 fan 1 Football 1 Merseyside 1 pretending 1 Appointments 1 Atkinson 1 Mark 1 New 1 autism 1 Connor 1 difficulties 1 epilepsy 1 Sparrowhawk 1 welfare to work 1 work and pensions 1 Comprehensive 2 Spending 2 DDA 1 Disability Discrimination Act 1 living standards 1 Experiences of social care 1 funding 1 2- 1 CSR 1 Statement 2 Donald 2 Kovaleski 2 Serge 2 Trump 2 gold-plated 1 Jenner 1 Kylie 1 J 1 reporter 1 Lego 1 toylikeme 1 toys 1 full 1 cuts 1 disability employment gap 6 Welfare Reform and Work Bill 1 profitability 1 profits 1 peers 1 consultation 2 2016 2 Budget 5 George Osborne 1 Personal Independence Payment 10 Stephen Crabb 1 Crabb 1 Pensions 1 Secretary 1 Stephen 2 Appeals 3 Daily 1 DWP 5 Mandatory 1 Mirror 1 Reconsideration 1 Barclays 1 BBC 1 diversity 2 Alliance 1 Consumers 2 London 1 Uber 1 Bill 1 Digital 3 Divide 1 Economy 2 Queen's 2 Speech 2 Internet 3 dog 1 guide 1 pound 1 purple 1 accessible 2 buses 3 users 1 EU 1 Europe 1 Referendum 1 May 1 Minister 2 Prime 1 Theresa 1 rio 1 RJ Mitte 2 Sophie Morgan 2 sport 2 Select Committee 1 Minister of State for Disabled People 1 Duke of Westminster 1 President 1 stories 1 HMRC 1 National Minimum Wage 1 paralympics 4 media representation 1 TV 1 TV representation 1 assessment 1 capability 1 Businessess 1 Conservative 1 CQC 1 adults 1 young 1 communications 1 Fundraising, Communications and Marketing 1 marketing 1 PR 1 press office 1 Tracy Griffin 1 A&E 1 Select 1 ACEVO 1 southern co-operative 1 Credit 1 Universal 1 council 1 tax 1 Mental Health 1 Prime Minister 1 Supreme 1 verdict 1 Wheelchair users 1 advertising 1 maltesers 1 media respresentation 1 government 7 industrial strategy 1 insurance 3 disabled customers 2 ofgem 1 fines 1 Legal change 1 Taxis 2 Books on the underground 1 literature 1 Improving 1 Lives 1 ; 1 apple 1 pay; 1 PIP assessment 5 online 1 GSK 1 disabled consumer 1 disabled consumers 1 CLG committee 1 Green paper 4 inequality 1 Equality and Human Rights Commission 1 equality act 2 PHVs 1 Private Hire Vehicle 1 taxi 1 taxi driver 1 wheelchair user 1 General 1 Everyday Equality 1 General Election 2017 1 airports 1 CAA 1 2012 1 Work With Me 2 Universal Credit 8 isolation 1 loneliness 1 Credit Universal 1 Work; 1 job 1 virgin media 1 festive activities 1 tribunals 1 high court 2 charges 1 hospital 1 parking 2 Esther McVey 2 Badges; 1 Blue 1 Club; 1 dinner; 1 Presidents 1 finance 1 Local Government 1 atos 2 capita 2 blue badges 1 electric 1 gas 1 Hawking 1 BEIS 1 consumer protection 1 consumer rights 1 financial security 2 tax credits 1 work allowance 1 JSA 1 sanctions 1 Legal Aid 1 public accounts committee 1 digital consumer index 1 digital skills 1 lloyds 1 lloyds bank 1 candidate 1 democracy 1 equality 1 penny mordaunt 1 British 1 BSAS 1 Perception 1 Survey 1 changing places 1 purple pound 1 theme park 1 toilet 1 frank field 1 sarah newton 1 enhanced disability premium 2 severe disability premium 2 leigh day 1 NAO 1 national audit office 1 Discount 1 Warm 1 financial conduct authority 1 Trains 1 Travel 2 councils 1 local government association 1 inclusive 1 Gamechanger 1