Response to the Government’s consultation on including Attendance Allowance in plans on 100% retention of business rates
The consultation document sets out a number of responsibilities that have been identified as a possible fit against the criteria to be funded through retained business rates. Carers UK fundamentally disagrees with the proposal to include Attendance Allowance in this list.
Carers UK believes that devolving Attendance Allowance could result in fewer older disabled people and carers in the future being able to access vital benefits and consequent financial and practical support that they desperately need. Our message to Government is not to take this action forward as we consider this to be counter-productive to the Government’s aims, as well as damaging to families, potentially being more costly in the longer terms. Future carers could find they have even less support than they do now.
Carers UK urges the Government to retain the current national system of Attendance Allowance, which provides an important universal entitlement, as well as being the vital gateway to Carer’s Allowance. Since the current system works well, there are strong grounds for retaining it.