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Axed UK Independent Living Fund replaced in Wales

A new £20m fund to support more than 1,600 disabled people in Wales with their care needs comes into operation today.

Disabled people with significant care needs will receive direct cash payments from local authorities. Credit: Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

The move follows the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) by the UK Government.

Disabled people with significant care needs will receive direct cash payments from local authorities to help meet the cost of the care and support they need.

Until yesterday, when the ILF closed, people received ILF payments to pay for a range of care and support, including help with eating and drinking; cooking and preparing food and drink; assistance with dressing; cleaning, laundry and other domestic duties.


Move to 'protect Wales’ social housing'

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The Welsh Government says it is taking action on the Right to Buy in order to protect Wales’ social housing, after a consultation which, it says, showed support for the plans.

Earlier this year, the Minister with responsibility for housing, Lesley Griffiths, published a White Paper setting out her intention to end the Right to Buy and halve the maximum discount available to people who want to buy their council house to £8,000.

After considering the responses to a consultation, the discount will be reduced this Summer and a new law to end Right to Buy will be considered in the next Assembly term.

I am pleased key voices in the housing sector, including tenants, participated in the consultation and had their say on this important issue. The consultation on our proposals has brought to the fore some interesting views on Wales’ housing needs and demonstrated people’s support for protecting our social housing stock.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty


Average weekly pocket money in Wales is £6.17

1200 children took part in the survey. Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

The average weekly pocket money that 8 to 15 year-olds get in Wales has risen by 11 percent since last year to £6.17.

That's according to a survey by the Halifax.

It means they get the third best payout in the UK after London and Scotland. They are also bucking the average which has seen UK pocket money falling since last year.

  • London, £7.65, minus 7.5%
  • Scotland, £7.27, 7.5%
  • Wales, £6.17, 11%
  • South East, £6.16, minus 4.5%
  • North West, £6.01, minus 6.5%
  • North East, £6.00, minus 3.5%
  • Yorkshire and Humberside, £5.84, minus 10%
  • East Midlands, £5.64, 2.5%
  • East Anglia, £5.63, 9%
  • South West, £5.60, 4.8%
  • West Midlands, £5.45, minus 9%

£6m to help older people live independently

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The Welsh Government has announced a £6 million investment to help older people in Wales live independently in their own home.

It says the funding supports the work of the Care and Repair service. It provides adaptations like ramps, handrails, and safety alarms, to enable older people to live safely in their own homes.

£2 million of the funding is for the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme, which provides minor adaptations to help prevent many people from having to be admitted to hospital.

The Welsh Government says estimates show every pound invested in the programme creates a £7.50 saving for health and social services.

Care and Repair and the Rapid Response Adaptations Programme help transform the lives of more than 40,000 older people across Wales every year.

By providing relatively small home adaptations, these services enable people to continue to live safely in the homes they love with the dignity they deserve.

As people across Wales live longer, healthier lives, such preventative measures play an increasingly important role in supporting our health and social services.

– Lesley Griffiths AM, Minister for Communities and Tackling Poverty
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