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Have your say on future of disability support fund – Northern Ireland

Views are being sought by the  Independent Living Fund (ILF) – the public body that provides financial support to help disabled people live independently – for disabled people and their care networks to share their views on the future of the fund in Northern Ireland.

438 people across Northern Ireland currently receive ILF support to live independently in their homes and communities. However, the fund was closed to new recipients in 2010, leaving many who would have previously qualified without this financial support.

Four events will be held across Northern Ireland, from 10.30am until 1pm:

  • March 19th  – Derry/Londonderry
  • March 20th – Enniskillen
  • March 27th – Belfast
  • March 30th – Newry.

ILF hopes to gather insight and views about the possibility of re-opening the fund in Northern Ireland.

Speaking about the upcoming events, ILF Scotland Chair Susan Douglas Scott said: “This event will be a vital opportunity for the disability community in Northern Ireland to voice their opinions on the support available to them and what needs to change.

“We need to hear what people think about the possibility of re-opening the fund. Without hearing from disabled people themselves, we cannot move forward. It’s very important to us that as many people as possible attend the event to offer their insight. I look forward to personally meeting and talking to many of you as I will be attending and speaking at each event.”

To register to attend these events, visit www.ilf.scot/northernireland.

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