NAWRA has submitted a response to the “Self-sufficient local government: 100% business rates retention consultation” voicing their concern at the proposal that Attendance Allowance will no longer be a cash benefit in England and Wales when responsibility for it transfers from the DWP to each local authority’s social care budget.
If you didn’t realise that the abolition of AA was a real thing then please refer back to our previous items on this
One of the biggest reallocations of public resources in 25 years, and
More information on the abolition of Attendance Allowance as we know it.
Always keep in mind some people said Universal Credit would never start!!!
The submission is available on the NAWRA website. The deadline for submissions has now passed.
Thanks very much to Julie Henry (Durham County Council) for drafting it.
GMWRAG is disturbed to note that in a week in which the government has decided too many people are getting PIP because they, er, need help, we are now faced with what The Guardian has called “one of the biggest reallocations of public resources in 25 years” with a proposal that has been mooted repeatedly in recent years finally coming out into the light. This would see responsibility for Attendance Allowance moving from the DWP to local authorities.
This has been mentioned previously in the interim report from the Commission on the future of health and social care in England but this has suddenly become a lot more real.
As we all know the general trend of closing down the DWP and privatising what it is left has not exactly worked well with either the Independent Living Fund or the rise in food banks as local welfare assistance schemes have fallen short.
GMWRAG therefore wanted to give members a heads up on what now looks like a full frontal assault on disability benefits. How long before the long awaited review of DLA for children?