Following numerous and repeated recommendations from election observer groups over the years for the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM) to undergo reforms, the Alliance For Change (AFC) has stated that these transformations will not be likely before the 2020 General and Regional Elections.This was disclosed by the party’s General Secretary David Patterson, who told reporters at a press conference on Friday that while GECOM reforms is high on the AFC’s priority list, it is unlikely that this will be done in time for the country’s next national elections.“It is quite high (on the priority list) but to get there before 2020… As a party, we do know that we will be part of the Government from 2020 going on… so therefore we have talked and I’ve given it a lot of thought, and I know coming up to elections, what areas we have to look at not only politically but administratively and legislatively to strengthen the hand of the AFC either singly or in a coalition or shared governance – whatever format – and that’s what is driving our priorities,” Patterson stated.For decades now, Elections Observer Groups both internationally and regionally have been insisting that while GECOM’s purpose for existence is to administer free and fair electoral processes, Guyana should consider reforms that would reduce or eliminate the politicised composition of election bodies in order to ensure independence and impartiality.However, while the AFC recognised the need to end the practice of having political appointees as members of GECOM, the party’s General Secretary admitted on Friday to reporters that little has been done to bring the matter up for discussion with its coalition partner – A Partnership for National Unity (APNU).Patterson explained that this is so because the AFC has as priority issues such as Constitution reforms, campaign financing legislations and corruption matters on its agenda.He said, “It is not one of the topics that have arisen at the moment so far… We don’t want to move anything to displace our priority which is constitutional reform. We have a massive list of things to discuss which we go down sequentially. (The list of things) is getting longer everyday to discuss with our coalition partner but there are certain things which we are mandated to do by our members and constitutional reforms and campaign financing and corruption issues and things like that are high on the agenda,” the General Secretary said, while adding that the AFC will eventually get to the reforming of GECOM.Currently, the elections oversight body comprised using the Carter Centre model that was introduced for the 1992 elections. This model provides for three members each from Government and Opposition and the Chairman appointed by the President from a list of names submitted to him by the Opposition, a process which many say have since exhausted its usefulness.To this end, Patterson outlined that the AFC believes there should be more civil society involvement in GECOM. In fact, he recalled that his party has recommended that the seven-member commission be replaced with a 10-member body, three of whom will be representatives from political parties and the remaining members from civil society.“We have been on record and we reduced the Government and Opposition’s participation to a third and rest must be made up of civilians,” he stated, while noting that such a model has been adopted by Jamaica and is proving to be successful.AFC General SecretaryDavid Patterson
Ray Maota The panel of students included RaymondNtlozi and Osmond Mloni from PretoriaUniversity as well as Comfort Ndala fromthe Tshwane University of Technology. Mloni described Mandela as a servant andleader whose life shows a character fullof courage and conviction, and said thatthere was no better way to celebrate suchan icon than being of service to othersrather than seeking service.(Images: Ray Maota)MEDIA CONTACTS• Sello HatangNelson Mandela Fund spokesperson+27 11 547 5600RELATED ARTICLES• Mandela: a remarkable 92 years• Mandela leaves hospital• Mandela meets final Bafana squad• New Mandela book released• Bloggers to fight hunger in AfricaInternational Nelson Mandela Day 2011 was recently launched in Johannesburg, with a panel of tertiary students at the event expressing their views on what the celebration means to them.The UN-recognised day was launched at the premises of the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, on 23 May.Mandela Day was first introduced on 18 July 2009, the former president’s birthday, to encourage people to dedicate 67 minutes of their time to make the world a better place.The date was internationally recognised by the UN in November of the same year.The slogan for this year’s day is Take Action. Inspire Change. Make Every Day a Mandela Day.‘See you in July’The launch kicked off with rapper JR’s new song dedicated to Mandela Day, ‘See you in July’. The number is a remake of the song of the same title made famous by Paul Hardcastle and the Jazzmasters.Sello Hatang, the foundation’s spokesperson, initiated a discussion with the panel of eight tertiary students. He asked them to speak about Mandela, express their thoughts on the day and how it should be celebrated.The panel included Raymond Ntlozi and Osmond Mloni from Pretoria University; Comfort Ndala from the Tshwane University of Technology and Morris Mchachi from the University of Johannesburg.Mandela’s grandson, Luvuyo Mandela, said: “As a family we have always celebrated the birthday at our hometown of Qunu, in the Eastern Cape, by making food parcels so we can distribute to those less fortunate.”Offering service, not seeking itNtlozi said: “Mandela has been a pillar of strength for the youth of South Africa and I celebrate Mandela Day daily through my various community activities.”Ntlozi volunteers at a children’s home in Zuurbekom, southwest Johannesburg, and helps raise funds for the institution.Mloni added: “I hope everyone can make every day a Mandela Day by just learning to say please and thank you as a sign of appreciation to their fellow human beings.”He described Mandela as a servant and leader whose life narration shows a character full of courage and conviction. He said there was no better way to celebrate such an iconic character than being of service to others – as opposed to seeking service.Mandela Mondays Starting in June, various events will take place as part of the Mandela Day celebrations.From 6 June, people will be encouraged to mark Mandela Mondays by doing something worthy for the next individual, the community or the environment in which they live. People could take as little as five minutes out of their lives for this activity.On 20 June, a panel of public figures will announce how they plan to celebrate Mandela Day.Breadline Africa, a South African-based NGO, has partnered with the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the NYK Helping Hand Scheme to provide a mobile library to a primary school in each of the nine provinces of South Africa as part of this year’s Mandela Day celebrations.Breadline Africa supplies disadvantaged communities with shipping containers, which are then converted into mini feeding stations, clinics or libraries.NYK is the international shipping company which provides the containers. Through the scheme, it identifies a charity of its choice to support each year.This year, NYK contributed R500 000 (US$71 000) to the project for Mandela Day. Each library container costs nearly R90 000 ($12 000) to convert and renovate.Tim Smith, director of Breadline Africa, said: “We buy sturdy, water-tight containers at a low cost and transform them into mobile structures, which we can use to feed, educate or use as a clinic. Our projects try to establish a level of self-sustainability within the community.”
Dairy producers and policy makers from around the world are gathered in Cape Town to discuss innovation, development and best practice in dairy. South Africa’s dairy industry is world class and has notched up several firsts in recent months.(Images: MediaClubSouthAfrica.com. For more free images, visit the image library)MEDIA CONTACTS • Palesa MokomeleSpokesperson for the minister of agriculture, forestry and fisheries+27 12 319 7876 or +27 82 904 1908RELATED ARTICLES• SA dairy body takes top accolade• Milk brand cares for cows• SA’s greenest dairy• Cadbury Fairtrade choc now in SA• SA quartet plays for peace MediaClubSouthAfrica.com reporterSouth Africa is hosting the annual World Dairy Summit for the first time. This year’s event takes place during the first week of November under the theme A World in One Country, an indication of South Africa’s diversity.The summit is held under the auspices of the non-profit International Dairy Federation (IDF), a 109-year-old Brussels-based organisation whose membership accounts for about 86% of all milk produced worldwide.More than 1 000 delegates from 56 IDF member countries are expected to pass through the doors of the Cape Town International Convention Centre between 4 and 8 November.The IDF’s mission, according to the organisation, is to assist the dairy sector worldwide by providing scientific knowledge and expertise to support ever-better milk and dairy products.The annual summit is one of its tools, affording delegates an opportunity to network and learn about the latest technological and scientific developments in the industry. It also contributes to the benchmarking of countries in terms of their dairy policies and international trade issues.The South African dairy industry is a full member through the local national IDF committee.Talking all things dairyWith 11 discussions held over the four days, topics on the agenda include animal health and welfare; the socio-economic benefits of a strong dairy sector for emerging economies; sustainability; marketing; and issues around food safety and security.Delegates will be able to share the views of top executives from major dairy companies around the world at the World Dairy Leaders Forum.“This 2012 World Dairy Summit brings together producers, processors, technical experts and various other stakeholders to deliberate the challenges of the sector, and also to share experiences and best practices,” said agriculture minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson, opening the proceedings.She added that the event’s theme was even more relevant for South Africa because the country supports various types of milk farming systems, from intensive total mixed ration to grass-fed and dairy ranching.Joemat-Pettersson said that her department helps emerging farmers – including women – to gain access to finance and markets, and encourages them through initiatives such as the annual Female Entrepreneur Award, which rewards women farmers for their progress in the sector.“The issue of emerging famers is a topic close to my heart, as we continue with our efforts to reverse our country’s unpleasant history of discrimination and disempowerment,” she said. “Furthermore, the gender question will continue to assume greater prominence during this century, also in the sphere of agriculture.”Delegates won’t spend all their time in the conference hall – a number of technical tours are arranged, where visitors can see the dairy industry in motion, from production to retail. On offer are trips to the Fair Cape farm and factory; the distribution centre of retailer Woolworths; spaza shops in the area; the Mooivallei grazing farm and cheese factory, Parmalat’s factory in Parow, the fourth-generation Klipheuwel farm; Stellenbosch University’s Welgevallen Experimental Farm; and cheese farms in the Bonnievale valley.Partners in the local summit include the South African-based Dairy Mail Africa, Landbou magazine, the South African Food Review, the Dairy Industry Association of Australia, and Dairy News Russia. Milk South Africa has also played a role in organising the event.Contributing to national growthAccording to Melt Loubser, chairman of the organising committee and president of the local chapter of the IDF, South Africa’s dairy industry is well developed and world class, and as well as meeting local demand, it exports dairy products to a number of African countries.The South African dairy industry is the third largest livestock sector in the country and has an estimated annual turnover of R10-billion (US$1.1-million). With a total of 2 347 milk producers in the country supplying more than 2.6-billion litres of milk to the nation, over 30 000 people have found employment in the industry.The dairy industry is not afraid to use technology to improve its products and also the way in which it operates. At the IDF’s 2011 Innovation Awards held in Parma, Italy, South African dairy companies were finalists as well as winners.Milk South Africa’s Consumer Education Project walked off with two first prizes for its innovative advertising and marketing campaign, while Fair Cape was named a finalist in the Best New Dairy Drink and Best New Functional Dairy Product categories, both for its innovative rooibos-dairy combinations.Also in 2011 the Eastern Cape’s Coega Dairy announced that it had the smallest carbon footprint of any southern hemisphere dairy, thanks to a R50-million (US$5.7-million) investment in technology that allows it to produce long life milk more efficiently.In 2012 Fair Cape again took the lead by publishing its carbon footprint on its Eco-Fresh milk bottles, thereby assuring consumers that it cares not only for them, but also for its cows and the environment.
E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad According to a Team Pacquiao insider, the senator has given the go-signal for representatives of a group based in the United Arab Emirates to proceed with the promotion involving him and a boxer of his choice.The Inquirer source said Pacquiao advisers would be going to Dubai next week to discuss details of the fight card with the UAE organizers.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutWith his November rematch against Australian conqueror Jeff Horn in Brisbane shelved and a proposed local fight in December unlikely to gain ground, Pacquiao may opt to have a bout in UAE instead.Mentioned as possible opponent for Pacquiao in Dubai is Amir Khan. —ROY LUARCA Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Newcomer Pradera leaves PAL field gasping LATEST STORIES View comments Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony PLAY LIST 00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony01:05Amir Khan claims Manny Pacquiao has agreed to Saudi Arabia bout00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight There’s a possibility that Manny Pacquiao will fight before the year ends. And, if ever, it’s not going to be in Manila, but in Dubai.ADVERTISEMENT Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary MOST READ Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City
LATEST STORIES Josh Jackson of the Phoenix Suns drives the ball against Lonzo Ball of the Los Angeles Lakers during the NBA game at Talking Stick Resort Arena on October 20, 2017 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Lakers defeated the Suns 132-130. Christian Petersen/Getty Images/AFPPHOENIX, Arizona — The NBA has fined Phoenix Suns rookie Josh Jackson $35,000 for “making a menacing gesture” on the playing court and “directing inappropriate language at a fan.”The incident occurred in the Suns’ 130-88 loss to the Clippers in Los Angeles last Saturday night.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf PLAY LIST 01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Brgy. Ginebra shoots for crown Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Video appeared to show Jackson forming his fingers as a pretend gun and pointing it at the fan, but Jackson disputed that characterization.Jackson said the fan had been heckling him loudly and aggressively throughout the game and that he wrongly decided to respond.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutJackson said at first he intended to flip his middle finger at the heckler but decided against it and that indecision led to his hand appearing to be a pretend gun. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA MOST READ
QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort “I’m pretty sure they will bounce back hard next year. Even if I’m not on the floor, the toughness and intensity is still there. I can see their willingness to win, especially from our Team B players who have experience playing in big leagues. I can say that a lot of people will talk about Letran next year,” he said.As he bid his alma mater goodbye, Nambatac is satisfied with what he has accomplished in his eight-year stay, winning Rookie of the Year and MVP with the Squires in the juniors’ division, while also helping the Knights make it to the Finals twice and winning the NCAA championship back in 2015.“To be honest, I never expected any of this to happen. When I got to Letran, all I was thinking was to just play at my best so I could get a full scholarship and help my family. I never realized that I’ve already improved a lot and I’ve gone a long way. Not bad for an NCAA career. At least, I can say that I was able to help Letran win a championship,” he said.Walking away from Muralla and embarking on a new chapter on his basketball career, Nambatac is proud to hold his head high as he leaves a lasting lesson to the holdovers.“No one expects Letran to make it far every year, but game-in and game-out, we’re showing it to our doubters and the non-believers that we’re still here. We’re Letran: never give in and never give up,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT Photo by Tristan Tamayo/ INQUIRER.netRey Nambatac doesn’t thinks his graduation would leave a big hole for Letran after seeing how great of a talent pool coach Jeff Napa has.“I don’t think that big of an absence for them because there’s a lot of players who could fill up my spot in my position,” he said.ADVERTISEMENT For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES With chance to get another title at 38, Hugnatan turns back clock CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion The 23-year-old swingman, who averaged 16.2 points, 8.3 rebounds, and 2.9 assists in his final year, allayed fears on the Knights’ future after they missed out on the Final Four this NCAA Season 93.WIth Nambatac nursing two fouls in ihe Knights do-or-die game against San Sebastian, Letran showed a glimpse of what the future holds in the third quarter as it went on a 14-4 run to grab a 47-39 lead midway through the period banking on the five of Bong Quinto, Jerrick Balanza, Jeremiah Taladua, Jeo Ambohot, and Lance Vacaro.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutUnfortunately, the Knights just had one too many mistakes and fell to the Golden Stags, 74-69, in the fourth-place playoff on Tuesday.Despite all that happened this year, Nambatac is still optimistic on what the future holds for Letran with lofty goals already set for next year. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds PLAY LIST 01:42Police: California school shooting took 16 seconds03:122 dead in California school attack; gunman shoots self02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 View comments Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP MOST READ Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade, Senator the Hon. Kamina Johnson Smith, has welcomed the launch of the Caribbean Climate-Smart Accelerator Programme.She said the initiative reflects the region’s determination to make the Caribbean the first climate smart zone, in pursuant of the first of 12 international commitments emanating from the One Planet Summit held in Paris in December 2017.Senator Johnson Smith was speaking at the official launch of the accelerator at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona campus, on August 9.The Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister noted that as citizens of small-island developing states, and inhabitants of the second most disaster-affected region in the world “our dependence on key economic and climate sensitive sectors, such as tourism, agriculture and fisheries, brings our vulnerability into sharp focus.” “It is for this reason that building resilience must be of the highest priority for the Caribbean community. The accelerator is therefore a most timely venture and will respond to the innovative approaches which CARICOM Heads called for at their meeting in Montego Bay just last month,” she said.She argued that the region’s experience with natural disasters, reflected in gross domestic product (GDP) loss, infrastructural damage, and the impact on lives and livelihoods “dictate loudly why we must build and build back better and stronger.”Senator Johnson Smith said that the accelerator programme should benefit from the results of last year’s Caribbean Action 2030: Regional Conference on Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which was held at the Mona campus of The UWI.“We created an important regional space to collectively monitor and evaluate the implementation of the SDGs and I’m confident that the results of that conference will directly complement the initiative being launched today,” Senator Johnson Smith said.So far, some 26 countries and more than 40 partners have joined the accelerator, which seeks to transform the region’s economy by fast-tracking sound public and private investment opportunities that support climate solutions for resilience, social development and broad-based growth for the Caribbean.The climate-smart zone will not only protect the region but create jobs and a new economy in climate-smart infrastructure.Core partners include the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the World Bank, CARICOM, and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS).Over the next five years, the accelerator will create the right environment for private and public funds to flow into investments in clean energy, building resilience and climate-smart cities and healthy oceans.
Belgian cable operator Telenet and TV broadcasters RTL and VRT have acquired the TV rights to UEFA Champions League football for the 2012-15 seasons.Free-to-air broadcaster RTL has won the French-language rights to the best match in each kick-off slot every match week. RTL will show both live matches as well as a highlights programme each match week on Club RTL.Flemish-language broadcaster VRT will show live the best match of the week on its channel Canvas, while Telenet will broadcast a selection of matches each match night in both kick-off slots on its three Sporting Telenet-branded channels. Both VRT and Telenet will broadcast highlights programmes each match week in the Flemish language.“UEFA is delighted to continue its successful relationship with VRT in respect of the UEFA Europa League in Belgium and also to welcome each of RTL and Telenet in to the UEFA Europa League family of broadcasters. Each of the three broadcasters has significant experience of working on the UEFA club competitions and their extensive broadcast knowledge and strong programming commitments will ensure significant exposure of the competition across Belgium,” said UEFA.Current rightsholders AB3 and EXQI Sport will continue to distribute UEFA Europa League games.
TeleColumbus is adding 10 HD channels from public broadcasters ZDF and ARD.The German cable operator will add HD versions of ZDF’s ZDFneo, ZDFinfo, ZDFkultur, 3sat and Kika, along with ARD’s regional networks WDR HD, NDR HD, BR Süd HD, SWR RP HD and SWR BW HD when they launch on May 1.
Three disabled activists who took the government to court in an unsuccessful bid to stop the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF) have called on Labour MPs to halt their attempts to topple their party leader.Anne Pridmore Gabriel Pepper (pictured) and Stuart Bracking have pointed out that Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn had been “unstinting” in his support for ILF-users throughout the campaign to prevent the fund’s closure.The trio were joined by Paul Taylforth, the father of a fourth former ILF-user who was involved in the court cases, in raising concerns about developments within the party.They sent an email outlining their concerns to Corbyn, deputy party leader Tom Watson, the shadow chancellor John McDonnell, the present and previous shadow ministers for disabled people, Debbie Abrahams and Kate Green, and Neil Coyle, a Labour MP and a former director of Disability Rights UK.They pointed out that Corbyn issued a statement on the day ILF closed in June last year pledging to campaign for it to be reinstated.Their court bids to overturn the government’s decision to close the fund were finally defeated in December 2014, prompting Tracey Lazard, chief executive of Inclusion London, to suggest that the move signalled “the end of the right to independent living for disabled people in the UK”.They said in this week’s statement: “The democratic election of Jeremy Corbyn last September instilled hope among many disabled people and their families that the Labour party had turned a corner, and would campaign hard to stop further austerity and cuts to public services and benefits.“A number of judicial reviews brought in recent years reflect the impact public service cuts are having on the lives of disabled people and their families.“While legal challenges are sometimes successful, they cannot achieve the impact and change an effective political campaign can.“Rather than sow further division, we would urge Labour MPs to remember who austerity and public sector cuts are hitting the hardest, and the lives now being destroyed by them.”They said there was a “desperate need for unity” among working-class people and said the Labour party and its MPs needed to “consider their responsibility and duty of care towards those who will continue to face the consequences if we fail to end austerity now”.They said this would only be possible if the party united behind Corbyn’s leadership and worked with trade unions and disability campaigners to “build a political movement to achieve this”.This week, Corbyn lost a vote of confidence among his own MPs by 172 votes to 40, and now faces a leadership challenge from former minister Angela Eagle.Yesterday (Wednesday), the former ILF-users were joined in their call by Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC), which issued its own appeal to Labour members to back Corbyn.In a statement on its website, it praised the “unstinting support” that Corbyn and shadow chancellor John McDonnell had given to both DPAC and disabled people.It said: “Both have spoken out and voted against every horror the Tories have imposed on disabled people.”McDonnell has sent a message to DPAC, urging all of its members and supporters “to support Jeremy if there is a leadership election”, and calling on non-members to join the party so they can vote for him.Only last month, research by Greater Manchester Coalition of Disabled People suggested that the government’s failure to ring-fence the funding it was handing to local authorities following the ILF closure was leading to a “postcode lottery” of support for former ILF-recipients.ILF was funded by the Department for Work and Pensions, and by last year it was helping nearly 17,000 disabled people with the highest support needs to live independently.But ministers decided it should be scrapped, promising instead that nine months’ worth of non-ring-fenced funding would be transferred to councils in England and to devolved governments in Wales and Scotland, to cover the period from its closure last summer to April 2016.The Scottish government has set up its own ILF for existing recipients in Scotland, while the Welsh government has set up a ring-fenced, local authority-run grant scheme that will run until at least 31 March 2017.The minister for disabled people, Justin Tomlinson, announced in February that the government would provide another four years of transition funding to local authorities in England in 2016-17 (£177 million), 2017-18 (£171 million), 2018-19 (£166 million) and 2019-20 (£161 million), but that the money would again not be ring-fenced.