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Attendance Allowance

Volume 502: debated on Monday 14 December 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (1) whether all (a) existing and (b) future claimants of (i) attendance allowance and (ii) disability living allowance over the age of 65 years will have the option of continuing to be able to receive their benefits in cash via a direct payment from a future National Care Service; (307200)

(2) whether (a) existing and (b) future claimants of (i) attendance allowance and (ii) disability living allowance over the age of 65 years will need to agree care plans in order to access the equivalent level of support.

If disability benefits for older people are reformed as part of the introduction of the National Care Service, people receiving the affected benefits at the time of reform will continue to receive the same level of cash support. We do not anticipate that these people will need to agree a care plan in order to access this cash support.

As we said in the Green Paper, if we were to draw some disability benefits for older people into the new National Care Service, we would create a new offer for individuals with care needs. This support would be delivered in line with the best principles of benefits; a system that is consistent across the country, providing flexible methods of payment through personal budgets and investment in prevention.