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Attendance Allowance helps Carmel live independently at home

Plans to pass responsibility for Attendance Allowance to local councils will put this vital benefit for older people under threat. Please support our campaign by emailing your MP.

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What is Attendance Allowance, and why does it matter?

As we get older, many of us will find ourselves having to cope with illness and disability. And very often this comes with a higher price tag for things like specialist food, equipment, clothing, and paying for transport to get out and about.

Attendance Allowance is a weekly payment that helps older disabled people meet some of the extra costs they face. It's a vital means of support that allows hundreds of thousands of older people, like Carmel pictured above, stay healthier and independent in their own homes, without having to turn to local authority social care for help.

Campaign report: The choice is mine

Our report explains why Attendance Allowance is so important to older people.

Why is Attendance Allowance under threat?

Like other disability benefits, such as Personal Independence Payment (PIP), Attendance Allowance is managed nationally by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP). But the Government is proposing passing responsibility for Attendance Allowance to councils, which would create a postcode lottery of support for older disabled people and put the future of the benefit under threat.

As well as taking away the freedom for older disabled people to decide what help they need to maintain their independence, it’s likely that council budgets won’t be able to keep pace with the needs of their ageing populations. And this will mean many older people who become disabled in future could be left to struggle by with less help or even no support at all.

How you can help

There is still time to change the Government’s plans, but we need your help. We need as many people to write to their MPs to send a strong message to Government not to go ahead with the change.

What we've achieved so far

Campaigners hand in Age UK's open letter to Parliament.

On 16 November 2016, we delivered an open letter to the Government, signed by more than 14,000 people. This letter voiced your concerns about the proposals and called on the Government to protect Attendance Allowance.

Your letter sent a strong message to Government, but we still need your support. Will you email your MP and ask them not to go ahead with the change?

Further information

For more information: Call Age UK on: 0800 169 8787