Campaigners call on Doncaster MP Ed Miliband to help them save fund for the disabled

MP Ed Miliband speaking at a Q&A session at Hucknall's John Godber Centre
MP Ed Miliband speaking at a Q&A session at Hucknall's John Godber Centre

Campaigners are calling on Labour leader Ed Miliband this morning to help them save a fund for disabled people which is set to be scrapped by government.

The campaigners, who are disabled, will ask the Doncaster North MP for the Labour party to make a commitment to save the Independent Living Fund, if he is elected in May.

The campaigners will meet Mr Miliband when he visits the South Yorkshire Centre for Inclusive Living this morning, along with Rosie Winterton, Labour MP for Doncaster Central.

The Independent Living Fund was set up in 1988 to support disabled people with the highest needs to live at home rather than in residential care.

Under current government proposals the fund will be scrapped in June 2015, and responsibility for meeting the full needs of disabled people will fall to local authorities.

This is not the first time campaigners have protested against the cuts.

In October 2014 a legal challenge was heard in the high court brought by disabled claimants against the government decision to close the fund.

Earlier this week, protestors also gathered at Parliament to call on all political parties to save the fund.

Linda Burnip from Disabled People Against Cuts said: “The message from disabled people is loud and clear, that we will not be pushed back into the margins of society, we will not go back into the institutions, our place is in the community alongside our family and friends and neighbours.

“If the political parties continue to try to take away our right to independent living we will do whatever it takes to fight to stay.”