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Attendance Allowance To Be Axed

January 9, 2016

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

 

The Conservative government is about to launch a consultation on abolishing attendance allowance for all new claims and giving the money saved to local authorities instead.

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?

We’ll keep readers informed when the consultation document is published.

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4 Comments leave one →
  1. January 9, 2016 2:55 pm

    Reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:
    This is a worrying continuing trend. Now some council will do their duty, but some will not, care and the cared for will be the suffers.

    • The Infamous Culex permalink
      January 9, 2016 3:27 pm

      As one would expect, this is yet another Tory welfare cut.

  2. The Infamous Culex permalink
    January 9, 2016 3:37 pm

    “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.”

    Translated from doublespeak, we have:

    The Kakistocracy is now thinking of cutting support to older people with care needs, and it thinks it has found a way to do this by subterfuge. By saying that money will be given to local authorities, they hope to deflect blame for the cuts in financial support, even though they know that less money will be given to local authorities than is currently paid in Attendance Allowance. In the New Year, the Kakistocracy plans to work out the appropriate flim-flam to “explain” this nonsense.

  3. January 9, 2016 9:54 pm

    i doubt many councils will bother. as with other things they are supposed to have taken over like grants etc. here in Wakefield (if ive been told right) our council continually tell people there are no such funds now.(though i have heard of at least 1 single parent receiving grants on more than one occasion from somewhere which ive been told by her was council, each time she moves houses. in the last 2 years she has moved at least 4 times with social services help. while others i know cant get one essential move from 1st floor to ground floor accommodation when they are too disabled and having problems getting up and down the outside stairs which lead to their flat.so SOME know how to manipulate the local council here.

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