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Independent Living Alternatives (ILA)

Independent Living Alternatives (ILA) enables disabled people to live independently. Many disabled people want self-control over their own lives and hire personal assistants (PAs) to support this. ILA provides innovative and flexible alternatives to institutional and domiciliary “care” provision through a flexible range of personal assistance services informed by disabled people mainly but not exclusively in and around London.


  • Recruiting PAs 
  • Managing PAs 
  • Training and advice for PA users
  • You can be an employer 
  • ILA can be an employer
Rowlandson House, 289 / 293 Ballards Lane, London, N12 8NP
020 8369 6032
Who is it for:
anyone who is disabled and wants to use Personal Assistants to help them live independently
How to apply:
complete a PA User Registration form telling ILA what you want (download from website)

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Someone who looks after another, either as a job or often through family responsibilities
The Direct Payments scheme is a UK Government initiative in the field of Social Services that gives users money directly to pay for their own care, rather than the traditional route of a Local Government Authority providing care for them.
Disability, according to the World Health Organization, is " umbrella term, covering impairments, activity limitations, and participation restrictions. An impairment is a problem in body function or structure; an activity limitation is a difficulty encountered by an individual in executing a task or action; while a participation restriction is a problem experienced by an individual in involvement in life situations.