Consultation On The Abolition Of Attendance Allowance Begins

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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.”

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2 thoughts on “Consultation On The Abolition Of Attendance Allowance Begins

  1. Typo alert
    “The government has begun a consultation on abolishing attendance allowance (AA) for new claims in order to pads the responsibility on to local councils.”
    should read
    “The government has begun a consultation on abolishing attendance allowance (AA) for new claims in order to pass the responsibility on to local councils.”

  2. By astonishing coincidence, this morning I published a reference to a Community Care magazine archive item from 2009, about Conservatives saying that they were going to ensure that Labour did not snatch Attendance Allowance away from people over 65! Conservatives on the hunt for disabled people’s votes?

    Perhaps a reason for their change of tune regarding the votes of disabled over-65s is that they reckon that with the electoral boundary changes that they will be gerrymandering in order to safeguard their future electoral interests, they won’t really need the votes of disabled over-65s?

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