Protect Attendance Allowance
We are campaigning to protect Attendance Allowance from proposed changes that could impact on the financial support older disabled people and their carers receive in the future.
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What is Attendance Allowance?
Attendance Allowance is a benefit for severely disabled people aged 65 and over, to help with the extra costs of long-term illness or disability.
It is also a vital 'gateway’ benefit, allowing a person who looks after them to claim Carer’s Allowance.
What are the proposed changes?
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.
The Government has said that those currently receiving Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance wouldn’t be affected by any of these changes.
What does Carers UK think?
We strongly disagree with the proposal to devolve Attendance Allowance to local authorities. We have a number of concerns about the possible consequences.
Currently, Attendance Allowance is a national entitlement. This means that demand for Attendance Allowance is matched by funding.
Under the new proposals, local authorities could have a fixed budget and local responsibility for funding the demand – which we know is growing with our increasingly ageing population.
We think this local responsibility and freedom over how to use funds could lead to a postcode lottery. Local authorities could be given the freedom to set their own eligibility criteria for Attendance Allowance, while others may choose not to provide a similar payment to Attendance Allowance at all, and/or subject any help to the social care rationing system.
What can I do?
You can help by emailing your MP to tell them why it is important for carers that Attendance Allowance stays as it is.
We have draft text below that you can copy and paste to send to your MP. If you have personal experience of receiving Attendance Allowance or you care for someone who receives Attendance Allowance, make sure you include information about why this issue matters to you.
- Download the draft text
- Find your MP and how to contact them on the Write To Them website, where you can also email them directly.