Ian Lucas

Your Labour Member of Parliament for Wrexham

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Independent Living debate set for New Year

CHANGES to the way people with disabilities are being given help are to be debated in Parliament.

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I’ve secured a Parliamentary debate about changes to the Independent Living Fund. The fund, which was designed to help people live an independent life, was closed in shortly after the General Election in 2015. Arrangements had been made for replacement funds to be administered by the Welsh Assembly, Scottish Parliament and by English local authorities but there have been concerns that the Government’s decision to close the fund and pass on the responsibility for the administration of its successor would cause problems for people with disabilities.

I’ve asked a series of written Parliamentary questions about the closure of the fund, will be discussing concerns in the New Year at a debate on January 9th.

Among those who have raised concerns are Nathan Davies, a Wrexham man who I’ve been working alongside on the issue.

The way the Department for Work and Pensions have approached this issue has not helped people with disabilities, or the devolved administrations and local authorities who have been expected to take its successor on.

I am concerned that Ministers in the DWP have simply washed their hands of any responsibility for their decisions. I also believe that Ministers have not taken account of the impact the closure of the fund has had – and I will be asking them to consider their actions.

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