Caring About Independence: Disabled People and the Independent Living Fund


The Independent Living Fund (ILF) provided disabled people with the cash to pay helpers to enable them to live at home, and is an important example of how to make direct payments work.

This book describes the benefits disabled people obtained from employing their own helpers, including increased security, independence and control. It examines the sources of help they employed, and how they managed as employers and purchasers in a 'care market'. The report also shows how disabled people were able to get the most out of the payments they received, by using them to mobilise resources of semi-formal help, from relatives, friends and neighbours.