Potential devolution of Attendance Allowance: impact on carers
Attendance Allowance is a vital benefit that helps 1.4 million severely disabled people aged 65 or over with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability. It is also a ‘gateway’ benefit allowing eligible carers to claim Carer’s Allowance.
The Government is consulting on whether it should transfer responsibility for Attendance Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions to individual local authorities in England.
Carers UK is strongly opposed to the devolution of Attendance Allowance. This briefing explores these issues in more detail.