Aim of the new ILF Scheme
In addition to the £47.2m of support (transferred from UK Government) for existing Scottish ILF recipients, Ministers have committed an extra £5 million per year to open a new scheme of ILF support.
The new ILF scheme will be a broad discretionary fund, that will provide short term awards, to support disabled people to live independently. In its first phase, the scheme will focus on supporting young disabled people, aged 16 to 21, who are at an important transitional stage in their lives.
The scheme aims, in this initial first phase, to provide an opportunity for young disabled people to achieve goals, which empower them to actively contribute to their communities and facilitate their participation in society, creating a lasting impact on their lives.
The details for the new scheme have been developed by the ILF Working Group, a co-production group involving the Scottish Government, ILF Scotland, disabled people, carers, disabled people’s organisations (DPOs) and local authorities.
New ILF scheme policy detail and eligibility criteria
In order to be eligible for the new ILF scheme, applicants must be resident in Scotland; be aged 16 – 21 inclusive; and have evidence of a disability or impairment within the meaning of the Equality Act 2010.
In their application, the young person must outline a plan aimed at achieving a specific, clearly defined goal or goals, which relate to making a lasting difference to their life. The new scheme would offer a short-term ILF award to help the disabled young person achieve the goals outlined in their plan. The development of the plan must be led by the young person.
The intention is that the ILF award is not to fund activities that would otherwise be the responsibility of another agency, for example a local authority.
Ministers have committed £5 million a year (pro-rated) for the new scheme.
ILF Scotland will be implementing the new scheme and we are currently looking at the application process, in co-production with young disabled people and other organisations, such as the Scottish Transitions Forum. We are specifically working with these groups to identify what this will look like and how we can make it as accessible as possible for any young disabled person who is eligible and who may want to apply when the scheme opens.
The new ILF scheme will open to new applications later in 2017.
You can find further information about the new ILF scheme on the Scottish Government’s website here.
If you have any questions you can contact us directly by phone on 0300 200 2022 or by email on enquiries@ILF.scot.