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Despite all the protests over the last five years, the Independent Living Fund (ILF) closed yesterday (June 30).

The Conservative Government has claimed that disabled people will still be able to access funds to help them live independently, but these will be available from local councils now, rather than from central government.

They do not mention the fact that they have been cutting funding to local councils ever since they regained office as part of the Coalition Government in 2010, meaning that some may not have any money to give.

The Welsh Government has created a £20 million fund for disabled people west of the border, but what about the disabled of Newcastle – where welfare funds have been “plundered”, according to the BBC, to pay for other services?

The Tories have turned disability into a postcode lottery – as they have with the health service in England.

Disabled people have vowed to battle on – as this video from Kate Belgrave shows:

We can hope that nobody encounters serious suffering as a result of this change – but that hope may well be forlorn.

Vox Political readers are encouraged to notify This Blog of any news stories in your local area, covering the effects of the change – whether positive or adverse.

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