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This will affect all new applications for Attendance Allowance for those over 65 and due to age cannot claim PIP.
It is intended that to bolster the available funds that Local Authority Social Services have available, £5bn a year will be handed by the DWP to Councils across the country.The DWP intend to wash their hands of Attendance Allowance and are to allow Local Authorities to decide how they can support the disabled elderly.
Recent history where responsibility for making payments has been devolved makes me worried that Attendance Allowance as it currently is will disappear with the funds being used to bolster the finances of Social Services in general. Presumably Social Services will be the authority to assess who gets what and when.
This could well mean a more difficult award to get at a lower rate and each council will be responsible on how the annual funds are spent. I also worry that the 'passported' benefits and extra premiums under Pension Credit will also cease.
Some serious and worrying times ahead for the disabled elderly.
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