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Attendance allowance to be abolished by Tories

The Conservative government is about to launch a consultation on abolishing attendance allowance for all new claims and giving the money saved to local authorities instead.

The news was quietly released before Christmas in the Local Government Finance Settlement which explained that:

“The Government will also consider giving more responsibility to councils in England, and to Wales, to support older people with care needs – including people who, under the current system, would be supported through Attendance Allowance. This will protect existing claimants, so there will be no cash losers, and new responsibilities will be matched by the transfer of equivalent spending power. The Government is planning to consult in the New Year on this proposal, including on the right model of devolution and the level of flexibility that councils would need in order to effectively deliver this additional responsibility.”

By not axing the benefit of current claimants the government will hope to stifle most opposition as there are no immediate losers.

However, once attendance allowance for claimants aged 65 or over with care needs is abolished, how long will it be before PIP for older claimants also faces the axe?

We’ll keep readers informed when the consultation document is published.

Comments  

#5 carruthers 2016-01-13 22:48
I see nothing here about the biggest question - will these funds be ring-fenced?

Even if they are, they will not be nearly enough to cover the expanding social care budget. For a start, much of the money could be taken up just covering the cost of the rise in the minimum wage. That might keep a couple of extra care homes open in any given authority.

If that's what happens, it would mean absolutely no extra help for those who currently get AA and live in their own homes.

If the money is not ring-fenced, then it could go anywhere. It might to a genuine effort to find an extra 5 minutes per visit for those who already have (inadequate) care help at home. It might go to a desperately needed road re-surfacing. It might go to paying off the debts the council occurred to beautify the council HQ.

In any event this money, like the funds supposed to be used to help those affected by the closure of the ILF, will simply disappear into the black hole which is local finances.

When AA goes, those who would have got it will just have manage without any extra financial help.
#4 cyclops 2016-01-13 04:20
Nobody has grasped the implications yet: any person getting AA and pension credit living alone has an SDP added presumably that will go as well. Now consider the position when the person has a small occupation pension less than the SDP and state pension, the person is entitled to 100% eligible housing costs on HB/pension credit. Lose the SDP and the pension is immediately deducted from the housing costs/council tax elements. It is very unlikely that a person will be able to look after themselves, keep warm, or afford any level of other activity not even the NET. They won't be able to afford moderate cleaning, replace soiled clothing/beddin g. Local authority services are notoriously poor and in adequate and the personnel patronising and frequently rude. What is being proposed is unmerciful killing. Who would want to live like that?
+1 #3 MarkW 2016-01-12 12:24
Quoting lesley:
i did read this in the news before Christmas, and found it very worrying. Am one of the over 65 year olds still claiming DLA. I notice that the changes are not to be implemented until 2018. This not surprisingly, coincides with the time that the roll out for the PIP for all working age claimants is to be completed. Am absolutely terrified. Trying to brace myself for the inevitable So much for all the tory promises about protecting pensioners. Yes, the wealthy ones not us poorer ones without second pensions.

Heck, & I thought I just had to get through the next 3 years to be safe from having our only means of getting out & about removed!
Real isolation beckons....
+3 #2 Elisa 2016-01-09 13:36
Many more older people will have to go into care homes. That costs 10 times attendance allowance. No doubt it will be the local authority who will be paying the bill and individual families. No hope!
+3 #1 lesley 2016-01-09 11:31
i did read this in the news before Christmas, and found it very worrying. Am one of the over 65 year olds still claiming DLA. I notice that the changes are not to be implemented until 2018. This not surprisingly, coincides with the time that the roll out for the PIP for all working age claimants is to be completed. Am absolutely terrified. Trying to brace myself for the inevitable So much for all the tory promises about protecting pensioners. Yes, the wealthy ones not us poorer ones without second pensions.

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