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Andy Burnham to reverse plan to scrap DLA but will he?? - Carers UK Forum

Andy Burnham to reverse plan to scrap DLA but will he??

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Telegraph
also use a major speech on social care to reverse the plan to scrap the disability living allowance, which would have saved the Government £4.4 billion – money which was earmarked to help meet the cost of the country’s burgeoning social care bill.
Mr Burnham will also say that he will not go ahead with a plan to scrap the disability living allowance. The move had been suggested in the green paper on social care which is part of the Government’s attempt to tackle the problem of the costs of long term care.
If this happens tomorrow the battle to save AA still continues......
Not much of a climbdown when DLA was supposedly less under threat than AA...

The message has to be clear - hands off BOTH!
Time will tell today whether this happens or not but like you said Charles...hands off both.

The main story from him seems to be about NHS bans ageism . The Mail carries the same issue and does not mention benefits at all. Read here
Guardian

The health secretary, Andy Burnham, will today rule out a controversial plan to scrap disability benefit paid to 2.5 million younger people.

In a major speech on the future of social care, he will say he has decided not to use disability living allowance (DLA) to fund the new national care service.
Is this the same man who was talking about ending age discrimination? Withdrawing AA from people who become disabled after they reach the age of 65 but retaining DLA for people who become disabled before the age of 65 sounds pretty much like age discrimination to me Image .

What does he intend to do people who reach 65 and are already entitled to DLA, remove their entitlement on their 65 birthday?
What does he intend to do people who reach 65 and are already entitled to DLA, remove their entitlement on their 65 birthday?
This was asked at that care event Annie and Behan did not have an answer.We know presently DLA continues but if AA was removed, like you said, what then?

I was at a meeting yesterday ( observer only) and these 4 issues were raised Annie, what do you think about them?

1. As much as the number of elderly are increasing, it is not to say every one of them will need support, in that people are fitter too when elderly...

2. No mention of those that would qualify for continuing care and how these proposals would impact on them if ever implemented.

3. This is something discussed many times on this and other boards too......

Until such time family carers are supported greater than they are now, no matter which option the govt rubber stamp there is a great risk it would fail.

4. Who can say that option of using general taxation would still not need be used in the future?


There were other points discussed too .The above just an example.


















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The figures quoted in the newspaper relate to attendance allowance some 1.4 million elderly disabled pensioners receive attendance allowance at a cost of just over 4 billion they say the allowance is £47 or £70 per week that is the rate for attendance allowance not D.L.A. = the bill for 2.6 million on D.L.A. is much higher and please note he said from " younger disabled " so when they become older say age 65- 66 if tories win they may lose the D.L.A. but and correct me if iam wrong within the green paper it did not even mention D.L.A. he only said disabled benefits such as A.A. why should the elderly disabled pensioner lose a valuble cash benefit to help them live a much better life just so a few some 20% of residents who enter residential social care will be able to keep their home or hand it on to the children .
The Secretary of State for Health has made it clear that Disability Living Allowance for the Under 65s will not be affected by Government plans to create a National Care Service

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Comment from elsewhere but permission given to post here too...
Human rights are universal and indivisible. The Disability Discrimination Act was an important stepping stone in the advancement of disabled people’s human rights and it is therefore essential that any new legislation must build upon the foundations laid by the DDA. Unfortunately, the Equality Bill as it stands has the unintentional consequence of weakening the rights of disabled people. We must ensure that new legislation must be absolutely clear about disabled people’s rights to be treated as full and equal citizens.

Oh and the Equality Bill - To become the new Equality Act could well mean that taking AA from pensioners and leaving DLA in place will not be allowed - it would be Age Discrimination.

Politicians are ever so good at diverting attention form where it needs to be!
The wording is very clear: "Disability Living Allowance for the Under 65s will not be affected" - well the Green Paper on funding social care only covers those aged 65+ anyway. All they have done is make it clear they are still targeting benefits for the over 65s. It's disgraceful.