The Independent Living Fund (ILF) provides financial support for disabled people to allow them to live more independently in the community rather than in residential care. It is available for people with a severe disability, who are permanent residents in the UK and meet other eligibility criteria. In order to qualify for ILF you need to already be receiving a certain amount of support from social care services, and your application needs to be made jointly with them - although there may be some flexibility with this. If you get higher rate care component Disability Living Allowance then you may be able to apply.
We were given an additional two hours of care support just to push us over the threshold of spending from our local authority so that we could apply for ILF.
If you are eligible, the ILF will provide funding for you to pay for a carer to support your son, daughter or relative at home or in the community. If they are in a residential school placement, you can receive ILF to pay for support when they are not in school but spending time at home with you.
To find out if you are eligible, and to download an application form, you can visit the ILF website.