ILS advantages and disadvantages

Independent Living Scheme (ILS) accommodation does not suit everyone; the information below provides additional information that could help anyone considering applying for this type of housing.


  • There will be neighbours close by, but privacy and independence can always be maintained
  • Help is available in an emergency
  • More secure than private accommodation
  • All schemes are built with safety and convenience in mind and have door entry systems, fire alarms and smoke detectors
  • A more manageable property in terms of size and outdoor space
  • There will be access to communal facilities and opportunities to socialise


  • There may be a waiting list for this type of social housing property
  • Some areas in the district have a limited number of ILS accommodation available
  • There are service charges to pay as well as rent. These charges cover communal services like building repairs, heating and hot water charges, and the emergency alarm system. If an individual receives housing benefit and pension credit to help with housing costs, it may not cover the whole service charge
  • There may be rules about pets or visitors

The Council's ILS's do not provide help with personal care, and they require residents to have a certain level of independence. Nor does ILS housing provide a "child-free" zone because children do visit their relatives who live in these schemes, also children living nearby, may well play near the scheme. However, this type of housing is almost certainly quieter than other types of accommodation.