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Carers UK responds to inclusion of possible changes to Attendance Allowance in Business Rates consultation

06 July 2016

Carers UK has expressed concern in response to the Government’s consultation on Business Rates which includes consulting on transferring the budget and responsibility for Attendance Allowance, the main benefit for disabled older people, to local government in England. Carers UK welcomes the Local Government Association’s statement that councils do not want responsibility for administering the payment [1].

Emily Holzhausen OBE, Director of Policy at Carers UK, said:

“Attendance Allowance is a vital source of financial support for older people with a disability or long term illness, helping them to remain independent for longer and preventing care needs from escalating. The current national entitlement means that everyone who qualifies for support, gets the help they need.

Transferring the budget and responsibility for Attendance Allowance to local authorities would put this universal entitlement under threat, and could result in result in Attendance Allowance being rationed or absorbed into stretched social care budgets.

The financial support unpaid carers receive, Carer’s Allowance, is dependent on the person they care for receiving a disability benefit like Attendance Allowance. If Attendance Allowance was devolved we have serious concerns that, in the future, carers may find it more difficult to access Carer’s Allowance – an absolutely vital source of income and recognition for those caring for older and disabled loved ones.

Councils have said they do not want responsibility for administering Attendance Allowance. We urge the Government to listen to them and retain the current nationally administered system which works well, is clear and relatively efficient.”

Carers UK will be responding to the consultation, which is available here.

More information on Attendance Allowance and Carer’s Allowance is available from the Carers UK website:

[1] http://www.local.gov.uk/web/guest/media-releases/-/journal_content/56/10180/7885378/NEWS

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