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Consultation On The Abolition Of Attendance Allowance Begins

July 11, 2016

With many thanks to Benefits And Work.

The government has begun a consultation on abolishing attendance allowance (AA) for new claims in order to pads the responsibility on to local councils.

Back in January we warned readers that the Conservatives had quietly released an announcement over Christmas about a future consultation, saying:

“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.”

The consultation proper began on 5 July and runs until 26 September 2016.

It is an open consultation, so anyone who wishes can respond.

One concern for may claimants is that once the principle of AA being abolished is established, how long will it be before awards of personal independence payment also end at 65?

The full consultation document is available from this link.

4 Comments leave one →
  1. July 11, 2016 3:15 pm

    The link takes you to a consultation on business rates.

  2. July 11, 2016 3:37 pm

    Reblogged this on Benefit tales.

  3. July 11, 2016 3:50 pm

    Just because a person gets older doesn’t mean they need less care how will the government see the care component if some councils decide to give every bit of help they can to the elderly rather than give the person a set weekly amount they can use to give for their caring. How will this effect people who get full PIP now when they become an older person and still need the care? IMHO this is just a scam to take money off people who may need it in the latter years of their life.

  4. July 11, 2016 7:37 pm

    Reblogged this on sdbast.

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