New Independent Living Fund (ILF) Award

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell has today announced that young people with disabilities will be able to access a £5 million fund to help them live more independent lives. The ILF will provide a short-term award to people aged 16- 21 to help the transition into adulthood.

Public Health Minister Aileen Campbell said:

“We want everyone in society to have the same quality of life and providing support to disabled people is one of the areas we have worked on.

“This fund will support young disabled people to take up opportunities to contribute to and participate in their communities, to help them live as independently as possible.

“We have worked directly with disabled people to develop this fund and to ensure that we give people choices and treat them with the fairness, dignity and respect they deserve.”

Read the Scottish Government press release.

ARC Scotland have been working closely with the ILF team, Scottish Government and other representatives to reflect the views of Scottish Transitions Forum members and help shape this important new fund. This fund will help to address concerns our members have voiced in the ‘Principles of Good Transitions 3’ particularly that all young people should get the support they need, including those who do not meet the eligibility criteria for adult social care support (Principle 4). These concerns were also shared by young people and their parents and carers who took part in our Scotland wide surveys, the findings of which will be detailed in the report ‘Facing the Future Together’.

We will continue to work closely with partners to support the implementation and evaluation of the ILF award, ensuring that the views and experiences of members and young people are central to this.

Upcoming Scottish Transitions Forum Event

To help members understand the implications of this new award and enable them to input into its development we will be holding the following event:

Scottish Transitions Forum Summer Event
July 14th 2017
9.30am – 2.30pm
Norton Park Conference Centre, Edinburgh

This event will include input from ILF Scotland and will give members the opportunity to get involved in this new approach aimed at supporting transitions for young people in Scotland.

The event will also mark the launch of ‘Facing the Future Together’ the findings of our nationwide surveys of young people with additional support needs and their parents and carers.

You can book a place at this event . There are limited spaces available so early booking is advised.


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