Attendance Allowance News Affects Many Older People

Attendance Allowance abolition would affect many older people in the New Forest

 attendance allowance abolition would affect many older people in the New Forest

Article by Celia Burgess on behalf of HOPe New Forest – Helping Older People - February 2016

 

To sign the petition to object to this move click here


There is a real danger that the government may be about to abolish Attendance Allowance (AA) payments for new claimants.

 

Why is that important?


AA is a benefit for people over 65 who need significant help daily with health related disabilities arising from their older age (washing, dressing, remembering to take pills, severe lack of mobility etc).


Paid at 2 rates £55.10 and £82.30 a week, it is not means tested and is a real life line for many frail older people, giving them a sense of freedom, helping them to feel more independent, less isolated and reducing the likelihood of hospital or care home admission.


The provisional Local Government Finance Settlement for 2016 – 17 includes plans to abolish Attendance Allowance for new claimants and pass the funding to local authorities in England and Wales to help them ‘support older people with care needs’ through their adult social care systems.


Would this necessarily be a bad thing?


Councils’ adult care departments (they used to be called Social Services) are under extreme financial pressure because of government cuts, and without extra money standards simply cannot be maintained.


However, this money should continue to go direct to older people for them to use on what they feel is essential to them, whether that is a carer, extra warmth or a taxi to the shops. It should not be used on dozens of administratively costly offices, with the possibility that the funds could be diverted to other uses.

 

Please if you are concerned, sign the petition here 

 

Celia Burgess, Business Development Manager
HOPe New Forest
01425 629009

 


Helping Older People New Forest (HOPe) is a charity registered with the Charity Commission number 1152294 and a private company limited by guarantee number 8326735.
Registered office 25 Kensington Park, Milford on Sea, Lymington, Hampshire SO41 0WD

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