DWP’s decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund overturned thanks to Labour’s Equality Act is ignored.

Kittysjones describes the way the Tories have attempted to get around the successful appeal against their closure of the Independent Living Fund by launching yet another equalities study, which purports to show that they had actually complied with Labour’s Equalities Acts when framing the bill that would close the Fund down. It’s another example of the way the Tories don’t let adverse legal decisions stand in their way of attacking the poor and disadvantaged. Kittysjones also shows how Labour’s Equalities Act not only aimed to protect the traditional marginalised groups covered by such legislation – women, ethnic minorities, the disabled, gays and transgender, but also aimed to target inequality based on class. The Equalities and Human Rights Commission, is however, under attack from the Tories, with funding and personnel drastically cut.

Just as importantly, Kitty also shows how this legislation protecting British citizens is based on and extends EU legislation. This is an extremely important point with the recent victories of Nationalist, populist and extreme Right-wing parties across Europe, including UKIP here in Britain. UKIP have stated that they intend to withdraw from the European Court of Human Rights and repeal the Human Rights Act. The noisy campaigns against the Court’s controversial decisions, such as granting the right to vote to criminals in prison, and stopping terror suspects from being deported is a ruse and diversion, intended to whip up popular sentiment against a body that protects the lives and rights of everybody, who isn’t a member of Cameron’s, Clegg’s and Osborne’s privileged class. Kitty notes that the government, in its attempts to cut the ILF, counted on this receiving little attention from the public and so being the subject of massive public opposition. This must be stopped, both with the ILF and their attempts to repeal the underlying and larger human rights legislation and withdraw from the international judicial system, which protects the rights of everyone in Europe must be publicised and attacked as much as possible.

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In a very significant decision on 6 November 2013, which highlights the effects of the Equality Act 2010 on public authorities and their decision-making, the Court of Appeal has 
found that the Department of Work and Pensions’ (DWP) decision to close the Independent Living Fund was not lawful, overturning the High Court’s decision of April 2013. The Government had indicated that it would not be appealing this judgement and the Independent Living Fund (ILF) will remain intact for now. 
People with disabilities may receive funding under the IILF: a non-departmental Government body which provides money to help disabled people live independent lives in the community. The ILF operates an independent discretionary trust funded by the DWP and managed by a board of trustees. Its aim is to combat social exclusion on the grounds of disability and the money is generally used to enable disabled people to live in their own homes and to…

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2 Responses to “DWP’s decision to abolish the Independent Living Fund overturned thanks to Labour’s Equality Act is ignored.”

  1. kittysjones Says:

    Your summary is outstanding, thanks

  2. beastrabban Says:

    Thank you for the kind appreciation. I’m glad I got it right!

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