BBC Wales journalist, Paul Martin, is looking to speak with individual recipients and families who have been through the assessment process currently being undertaken by local councils in relation to the Welsh Independent Living Grant (formerly ILF – Independent Living Grant). He is interested in hearing peoples experience of this process.
This is independent BBC research and not connected to The All Wales Forum of Parents and Carers in any way. It is your choice if you wish to contact Paul and be involved, but we suggest that you are clear with him about how any information you share with him is used.
Paul’s research is for BBC Wales Live.
You can contact him by telephone on 07894 809 526.
The following is background information in relation to ILF and WILG
The UK Government closed the Independent Living Fund (ILF) on 30 June 2015 and as a result Welsh Government became responsible for supporting those who had been receiving payments.
Disabled people had been receiving payments from the ILF to help them to remain living as independently as possible in their own homes.
The Welsh Independent Living Grant was established by Welsh Government and local councils to ensure people receiving payments continued to do so. This interim arrangement continued until 31 March 2017. Welsh Government have been working to put in place long-term arrangements and as a result, this future support will now be provided by local councils.
Payments have continued as usual, and from 1 April 2017 councils will have been meeting with the people receiving them to identify the well-being outcomes they wish to achieve and agree the support they need to do this. Once this support is available, it will be provided to help people live independently instead of the payments previously received. By 31 March 2019 all recipients will receive their support in this way.