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Plans to scrap Attendance Allowance - Carers UK Forum

Plans to scrap Attendance Allowance

All about money
The government has now come up with the idea that AA can be scrapped, with the money given to councils instead to care for the elderly. This would mean that elderly people like my mum would lose vital money to pay for the things council support refuses to do, cleaning, gardening, hairdressing (mum couldn't put her hands above her shoulders) etc. etc. Hopefully the link below will take you to the relevant article. Carers UK needs to be aware of this.

http://www.disabilitynewsservice.com/dw ... -councils/
Hi BB,
I knew I'd read about this somewhere, but took me awhile to remember where:

http://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campai ... al-benefit

Looks like Carers UK are on the case.

Melly1
Thanks Melly, somehow I missed that.
Now they are attacking the elderly, but those who have already got AA will keep it, by the looks of it.
And labour was going to do all this way back in 2008 if they won the election, or something similar.
This is uttter madness to yet again punish the elderly.Why?Surely this wonderful Generation have worked their socks off & need more support. This really makes me so annoyed. regards Amanda
from CarersUK
CarersUK qa-on-consultation-on-changes-to-aa.pdf
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http://www.carersuk.org/news-and-campai ... al-benefit

from B and W
The news was quietly released before Christmas in the Local Government Finance Settlement which explained that:

“The Government will also consider giving more responsibility to councils in England, and to Wales, to support older people with care needs – including people who, under the current system, would be supported through Attendance Allowance. This will protect existing claimants, so there will be no cash losers, and new responsibilities will be matched by the transfer of equivalent spending power. The Government is planning to consult in the New Year on this proposal, including on the right model of devolution and the level of flexibility that councils would need in order to effectively deliver this additional responsibility.”

By not axing the benefit of current claimants the government will hope to stifle most opposition as there are no immediate losers.

However, once attendance allowance for claimants aged 65 or over with care needs is abolished, how long will it be before PIP for older claimants also faces the axe?
https://www.benefitsandwork.co.uk/news/ ... -by-tories
Rationally and objectively, the system of welfare that we have inherited from the 1940's, is in a total mess.

Financial support comes mainly from the State, whilst social care comes mainly from Local Authorities, ( which includes either care services, and/or direct payments to pay for the additional costs of disability), plus some kinds of support from the NHS, charities (such as hospices ) and finally, from the individual and their families.

The consequence is that there is a total social care lottery out there: some people are served relatively well, other do incredibly badly.

I an understand the idea that financial support such as attendance allowance should be devolved to local authorities - after all, what exactly is the difference between the pot of money coming from AA, and the pot coming from Direct Payments?

However, there is a knock on effect on carers: our own benefits are linked to the level of AA and/or DLA/PiP so this will impact on us.

My own preference would be to start again with a basic citizens income for all at UK level, (with local weighting according to local costs of living, which vary hugely between e.g. London and Motherwell) supplemented by local authority payments in respect of agreed, receipted expenditure for services and supports directly related to disability.

What do you think?
I am a care home provider and was incensed when I discovered that the government have very craftily "hidden" their plans to scrap Attendance Allowance, by disguising it in a document released just before Christmas.

Due to this I have set up a government petition on their own website to overturn this decision and I would kindly and respectfully urge each and everyone involved with this forum to add their signature to this petition which is at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119787

Please be sure to spread the word, to friends, neighbours and family members and ask them to sign and spread the word as well. Together we can win!

The petition is only in its early days, but since starting this campaign, I have already had interest from BBC Radio and The Guardian who both wish to highlight the plan and the presence of the petition.
Thank you for your support! Good luck.
There is already a petition set up here:

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/ ... 1453289896
Susie, thanks. I was aware of the 38 degrees petition but felt the government would have to take more notice of their own petition website and would then be obliged to comment or hopefully debate the matter properly and in the open. I would still urge everyone to sign the government website's petition, possibly as well as the other one. That way we've covered all the bases. The petition, once again can be reached at: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/119787