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Disabled: Social Security Benefits

Volume 503: debated on Thursday 7 January 2010

To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) whether all existing and future claimants of (a) attendance allowance and (b) disability living allowance who are over the age of 65 years will need to agree care plans in order to receive an equivalent level of support; (309116)

(2) whether all (a) existing and (b) future claimants of (i) attendance allowance and (ii) disability living allowance who are over the age of 65 will have the option of continuing to be able to receive their benefit in cash via a direct payment from a future national care service.

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, flexible methods of payment and investment in prevention.