ILF Scotland

Re-Opening ILF

Post Date: 28 November 2023

Disabled people and their representative organisations have long campaigned for the re-opening of the Independent Living Fund (ILF), and in September 2023 we received the news that it would re-open in Scotland next year.

Then First Minister Humza Yousaf, MSP, announced in his first Programme for Government in September 2023 that the fund would re-open on a phased basis, with an initial £9 million in the financial year 2024 to 2025.

This will enable up to 1,000 additional disabled people with the most complex needs to access the support they need and deserve to live independent lives.

To prepare for re-opening for applications in April 2024, ILF Scotland staff are working with disabled people, their representative organisations, the Scottish Government and other key stakeholders on the co-production of the re-opened fund.

Co-Production Working Group

We established a Co-Production Working Group who met for the first time in October 2023. This advisory group includes disabled people, carers, disabled people's organisations (DPOs) and representatives of ILF Scotland, the Scottish Government and health and social care statutory partners.

The Working Group is co-chaired by Iain MacAllister, Deputy Director, Scottish Government, Directorate for Social Care & NCS Development, and Peter Scott, Chief Executive of ILF Scotland.

The Group met every two weeks to help develop the policies for the re-opened ILF. They considered the access principles of application, the relationship with social work, management of ILF awards and stakeholder engagement.

In February 2024, the group offered their recommendations on the policies for the re-opened ILF to the Minister for Social Care, Mental Wellbeing and Sport. In March 2024, the Minister approved those recommendations.

The Co-Production Working Group will continue to meet during 2024/25 to consider any further developments and improvements to the re-opened ILF.

Co-Production Events

During December 2023, and January and February of 2024, we hosted a number of co-production events, in person and online, to gather views and help shape the re-opened ILF.

Turnout for these events was fantastic and we gathered a lot of feedback.

While the initial events are now finished, we may hold further events in the future to gather more feedback. Please watch our social channels or bookmark this page and return regularly to be the first to know.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have a question about the re-opened fund? Have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions and see if it's been answered.

Green graphic with darker green frame at the top and bottom. Text reads: "As a recipient of ILF Scotland funds, I am delighted that the Scottish Government has decided to re-open the Fund to new people, for I know the benefits this will accrue to the many it will now be able to support." Dr Jim Elder-Woodward OBE. Chair of the ILF Scotland Advisory Group. A picture of Jim with someone holding up a microphone to him is on the right in a white frame. The ILF logo, all in white, sits underneath the photo.
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