Campaign to protect Disability Benefits

With the recent release of the Green Paper for Social Care, one of the proposals put forward is that …… “some elements of disability benefits, for example Attendance Allowance” might no longer be paid to people and instead integrated into a new social care budget.DLA is mentioned too. We, at Carer Watch, are very concerned with this proposal, which would harm some of the most vulnerable people in our society.Whilst it is vital the consultations take place regarding the issues surrounding Social Care,we do not believe this option should even be included in the Green Paper. It is our intention to contact all members of the Care and Support Alliance,as we would like clarification on what their position is on this and what intentions (if any), they have to oppose any possible implementation? Contact will also be made with all members of the Learning Disability Alliance and many more individuals,groups/organisations,MPs etc. We are determined to work with anyone interested in the safety of those who rely on State assistance.To this end all statements, from each contact made, will be posted on our site so carers,those they care for, the elderly/disabled can see what their representatives are saying. To date emails have been sent to……  Care and Support Alliance Age Concern/Help the Aged Alzheimer’s Society Cancer Research UK Carers UK CLIC Sargent Contact a Family Counsel & Care Crossroads English Community Care Association Huntingdon’s Disease Association Joseph Rowntree Foundation Macmillan Cancer Support Motor Neurone Disease Association Multiple Sclerosis Society Muscular Dystrophy Campaign National Autistic Society National Care Forum Parkinson’s Disease Society PRTC RADAR Resolution Foundation Rethink Royal Mencap Society Royal...

RNIB response

Together with four other sight loss organisations, RNIB sets out the issues affecting access to social care and support, as experienced by blind and partially sighted people. We discuss the barriers to access, the rationing system, the need for adequate funding and for a more far-reaching debate about where that funding might come from. We oppose the abolition of Attendance Allowance – and possibly other disability benefits – to plug funding gaps in the social care system. Full response can be found on this...

London councils

London Councils represents all 32 London boroughs, the City of London, the Metropolitan Police Authority and the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority. In the creation of this response London Councils has consulted: borough leaders; Lead Members of Health and Adult Services; the London ADASS branch and other borough officers; and other interested public sector, third sector and voluntary organisations. We have also commissioned research into the current and predicted expenditure on social care costs in London and elsewhere. Link for Executive summary available on this page 3.2 Attendance Allowance 3.2.1 London Councils is concerned that the majority of the funding solution in the green paper relies on attendance allowance being integrated into the social care funding pool. Without this pot of money, none of the funding systems can work. 3.2.2 London Councils does not believe the removal of attendance allowance from being a non-means tested benefit into the social care funding pool and therefore into a potentially unsustainable system is fair or wise. 3.2.3 The removal of attendance allowance from being a non-means tested benefit into the social care funding pool would reduce the ability of many families to pay for hidden costs 2 that an integrated system would not necessarily be able to take account...