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Position on ILF 'Clarified'


The government's position on the future of the Independent Living Fund has been clarified, but many uncertainties remain. The ILF stopped taking applications from new clients for the rest of 2010-11 in June. Then in September Community Care magazine quoted Pam Duncan of the Independent Living in Scotland project as saying that the scheme faced permanent closure as a part of the Comprehensive Spending Review. At the time the government responded by saying that no decision had been taken. And when details of the review were published in October, the future of the ILF was still 'under review'. Today Minister for Disabled People Maria Miller has said that the ILF is 'unsustainable' in the long run and will remain permanently closed to new applicants. However, existing recipients would be protected. [Click here to read more].

Changes to Oxfordshire Adult Teams


From 6th December 2010, Oxfordshire County Council has restructured the following social work teams:

Specialist Teams for Older People (Cherwell, West, City, South & Vale).

Physical Disability Teams (North, South and City).

Occupational Therapy Teams (North, South and City) 

You can download the County's Briefing note from our web site, or call the Council's Access Team based in their Customer Service Centre (tel: 0845 050 7666).

Can Government Create User-Led Organisations?


Today I witnessed the beginning of the next phase in the evolution of Oxfordshire's newest 'user-led organisation', tentatively named 'The Oxfordshire Wheel'. In a packed room in East Oxford, people with a wide experience of overcoming disability and exclusion gathered to discuss the next phase of the project. The new organisation is being formed with the intention of delivering key elements of the County Council's Transforming Adult Social Care (TASC) programme, as well as ensuring that local service users have a voice in the new-look social services of the 21st century

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