Attendance Allowance under threat?

Discussion in 'Dementia-related news and campaigns' started by its a struggle, Jan 21, 2016.

  1. its a struggle

    its a struggle Registered User

    I do not wish to be alarmist, but I have just been alerted to this 38 Degrees campaign about AA:-


    https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/attendence-allowance-abolished?time=1453289896


    A single paragraph in the Local Government Finance Settlement published before Christmas sounded the death knell for attendance allowance (AA).
    The government is to launch a consultation on abolishing AA for all new claims and handing the money over to local councils to pay for support for older people. :eek:
     
  2. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
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    arrghhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
    This would be devastating to so many people. Needs a campaign before it creeps up and there is nothing anyone can do about it!!!
    Perhaps AS will have a close look at it????
     
  3. Beate

    Beate Registered User

    May 21, 2014
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    Signed and tweeted. A small consolation is that it will not affect current claimants so get your claim in now and don't delay!
     
  4. nae sporran

    nae sporran Volunteer Host

    Oct 29, 2014
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    Male
    Bristol
    Thanks for posting, I have signed.
     
  5. Deputypink

    Deputypink Registered User

    Aug 4, 2013
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    Signed - another 5000 needed
     
  6. min88cat

    min88cat Registered User

    Apr 6, 2010
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  7. CynthsDaugh

    CynthsDaugh Registered User

    May 5, 2015
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    Salford, Lancashire
    Signed- now less than 4000 needed so getting support quickly!
     
  8. Pete R

    Pete R Registered User

    Jul 26, 2014
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    Staffs
    It will also mean some people not being able to claim carers allowance and self funders having to find another £82.30/week.:mad:
     
  9. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    The paragraph in the consultation document:-

    1.4...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...


    https://www.gov.uk/government/uploa...visional_settlement_consultation_document.pdf
     
  10. tigerqueen

    tigerqueen Registered User

    Mar 11, 2014
    75
    Essex
    #10 tigerqueen, Jan 21, 2016
    Last edited by a moderator: Jan 22, 2016
    Have signed.

    What those of us who have worked in local government know is that Local authorities are an easy target for budget cuts (as has been the case for many years). When cuts happen then hard decisions about services have to be made, and adult social care budgets have already been hit, so if the AA budget was given to them, then the likelihood is that it would become harder to access support to allow independence for people, particularly in the early stages of dementia. My own view of course!!
     
  11. fizzie

    fizzie Registered User

    Jul 20, 2011
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    I agree Tigerqueen and I would also worry greatly that it will just be absorbed into the budgets particularly with the Carers Act and so little provision, and it won't be ring fenced and people who should be assessed won't be and then they will raise the bar on eligibility so all the people who would access AA and use it for low level support to keep their independence for longer will be deprived of this. This would be an accident waiting to happen as people will not be able to access the care they need and there will be tragedy.
     
  12. Ann Mac

    Ann Mac Registered User

    Oct 17, 2013
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    Signed, and shared through twitter and facebook x
     
  13. reedysue

    reedysue Registered User

    Nov 4, 2014
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    Scotland
  14. nitram

    nitram Registered User

    Apr 6, 2011
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    North Manchester
    "It will also mean some people not being able to claim carers allowance..."

    Same with SMI council tax disregard.
     
  15. Spamar

    Spamar Registered User

    Oct 5, 2013
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    Suffolk
    Signed. Afraid I don't to Facebook or Twitter.
     
  16. grove

    grove Registered User

    Aug 24, 2010
    7,723
    North Yorkshire
    Signed & put onto F Book


    My view is A A should still be paid too the people that need it rather than pass it onto your local Council :( , after all how do we all know the money will be spent on front line care etc ? (for the people who need it etc I mean ) If the Government get their own way ?



    From Grove x
     
  17. maryw

    maryw Registered User

    Nov 16, 2008
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    Surrey
  18. Pickles53

    Pickles53 Registered User

    Feb 25, 2014
    2,475
    Radcliffe on Trent
    Well put fizzle. This would be my fear too. My mum got AA with no problem around the same time a SW told me she didn't meet the criteria for them to get involved in providing a service (which she would in any event have paid for in full).

    Ironic really, seems to go completely against the trend towards direct payments, flexibility and enabling people to choose the type of care and support most suited to their individual circumstances.
     
  19. rhubarbtree

    rhubarbtree Registered User

    Jan 7, 2015
    472
    North West
    Thanks for posting this. Have signed. Spurred me into applying for AA today.
     
  20. mrjelly

    mrjelly Registered User

    Jul 23, 2012
    315
    West Sussex

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