Successful campaign on Attendance Allowance
In early 2016, the Government proposed transferring the responsibility for Attendance Allowance from the Department of Work and Pensions to local councils.
OPAAL joined the voices of other older people’s organisations and thousands of older people and carers to express our concerns that this could bring unnecessary uncertainty for older people and carers as access could become subject to a lottery.
Our consultation response included concerns from our members that
- older people use this benefit for more than just paying for care; they pay for heating, transport, equipment, food to meet their dietary needs
- Attendance Allowance enables them to remain in their own homes for longer, and it can keep them from needing long-term residential and nursing care
- many local authorities currently only offer support to older people requiring critical care; if local authorities were free to apply this criteria to Attendance Allowance, there was concern that this could push the cohort of new older and disabled claimants into residential care or hospital
We are pleased that the voices of older people and their carers have been heard and listened to; Sajid Javid MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government announced at an event on 19 January that Attendance Allowance will not be transferred to councils. OPAAL UK