Liberal Democrat County Councillor, Ian Manning is pushing for a fund which supports vulnerable people to be maintained and ring-fenced to make sure those who benefit from it are protected.
The national Independent Living Fund was recently closed by the government and its responsibilities transferred from government coffers to the County Council.
Although the fund itself has not accepted new recipients since 2010, 82 residents in Cambridgeshire with complex physical or learning disabilities receive help from it. It supports them to maintain an independent lifestyle, stay healthy and, in some cases work full-time.
Cllr Manning, who represents East Chesterton on Cambridgeshire County Council called on the new chair of the County Council’s Adults Committee at yesterday’s (Tuesday, July 21) meeting of the full council to ensure the fund is ring-fenced within the County Council’s budget so that people continue to get the help they have been receiving.
He said: “To a small number of Cambridgeshire residents, the ILF is a vital resource to allow them to contribute and live their lives to the full. Many employ staff to support them and are able to work themselves in jobs which are vital to the running of local services.
“We must ring fence this fund in the budget to ensure we protect the most vulnerable in our community.”
 In 2014 the government confirmed their decision to close the Independent Living Fund on 30 June 2015 and transfer responsibility for meeting the eligible care and support needs of current ILF users to local authorities in line with their statutory responsibilities. The ILF has been closed to new applicants since 2010.
 The ILF supports 82 service users in Cambridgeshire in receipt of ILF; 48 service users are people with a Physical Disability, 27 service users are people with a learning disability and 7 are older people who transferred from the physical disability or learning disability teams at 65 years.
 Cllr Manning’s question can be seen here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TT-4Wglb-g0#t=5h33m20s