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Mental Health services user for BBC news story on funding changes

BBC North is doing a piece looking at changes (good and bad) in the way that mental health services are funded. As PCTs disappear, GP commissioning groups and local authorities will take over the funding of these services.

The BBC is looking for a mental health service user who would be happy to be filmed and talk to them about the services they use, and why they are important to them, for a programme early in the new year

The financial position of the services they use is not necessarily relevant – they need a service user to illustrate how important mental health services are to their lives.

For more information, contact:

  • Nina Warhurst, Health Correspondent, BBC North West
  • T: 07718 694 809
  • E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Welcome to MDF

About MDF

We are passionate about breaking down the barriers in society that disable people. While our roots are on Merseyside, we work with many different people across the North West to positively influence policy and practice in local government, health, employment and the wider voluntary sector. 

We bring our core values of Equity, Trust, Accountability and Innovation to life through:

  • working in partnership with others
  • developing and participating in networks
  • supporting the development of user-led disabled people's organisations
  • capturing and communicating the lived experience of individual disabled people
  • generating and sharing insights into the actions, attitudes and environments that disable people, so that positive change can be facilitated

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MDF is a Registered Charity (number 1082671)

Closure of Independent Living Fund

"Unsustainable" ILF to close in 2015

The Minister for Disabled People Esther McVey (MP for Wirral West) in a Written Statement confirmed plans to close the national Independent Living Fund.· From April·2015, local councils will have responsibility for meeting all the care and support needs of any current ILF users (No new ILF users have been taken on since 2010).

The consultation on this showed that the plans to close were causing wide anxiety. However the government believes that it is impossible to keep the ILF because of the complexities of combining the Fund with other support.

They also say that with the scheme as currently as it currently operates local authorities find it difficult to support disabled people in a "consistent and equitable manner". It is difficult to see how putting the cost on local authorities will help this equality - given that it is the poorer areas of the country that have the most need for support for disabled people.

The government claim that ILF is now less vital because disabled people can - through Direct Payments - "exercise enhanced choice and control through the mainstream system in all parts of the UK". This may also cause some raised eyebrows in those (many) parts of the UK where Direct Payments are still making slow progress.

Read the full statement by clicking here.

Your NHS story on video?

Take part in the NHS North West Disability History Timeline video

NHS North West (in partnership with Breakthrough UK) is developing a Disability History Timeline. This will set out the work of the disabled rights movement, the contribution of disabled people to health and health care, both before and since the NHS was set up.

Read more: Your NHS story on video?