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Independent Living Fund High Court ruling

Two severely disabled men who use the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have lost their bid to overturn the Government’s decision to close the ILF in June 2015.

The High Court ruled that former Minister for Disabled People Mike Penning had not breached equality laws in making the closure decision earlier this year.

The two men had been granted permission for a judicial review of the process leading to Penning’s closure decision, taken just weeks after the Court of Appeal quashed a previous, almost identical decision as being unlawful.

The Housing and Support Alliance (H&SA) have published reaction to the news by Kate Whittaker, who was acting on behalf of one of the men, and also the press release from the solicitors and the judgement here.