The Independent Living Team can provide you with independent advice and support to understand the Self-Directed Support (SDS) options. An Independent Living Officer (ILO) can support you to manage your Direct Payment if you choose this option. One to one support from an ILO is available offering as much, or as little, as you need, on an ongoing basis.
The Independent Living Team works closely with other LCiL services. We can refer you to the Grapevine disability information service or peer support service for information, advice and support on a range of subjects.
You can find out more about Independent Living Team support here.
Accessing support from the Independent Living Team
If you live in the City of Edinburgh, East Lothian or Midlothian council areas, you can refer yourself to the Independent Living Team (ILT) or be referred by a Council worker, or another organisation.
If you live in the West Lothian Council area, a Council worker will have to make a referral on your behalf.
You can find contact details for all local authorities on our Resources and useful links page.
We can support people who receive Council funding, Independent Living Fund Scotland (ILFS) funding, funding from other sources and people who privately fund their own care.
Contact the Independent Living Team
Call LCiL’s mainline on 0131 475 2350, Monday to Friday 10.00am to 4.00pm (voicemail available for out of hours) or email ILTeam@lothiancil.org.uk .
ILT is a small team and we receive a large number of referrals. You may be placed on a waiting list for allocation of an ILO for ongoing support. We are available for one-off enquiries and questions related to SDS and direct payments through a duty system.
We thought we are never going to be able to understand the process and become a Personal Assistant employer. We are very grateful and thank you for your expertise, patience and language support to guide us throughout the process.Independent Living Team service user