CareAware clarifies ruling on Attendance Allowance

Posted on March 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

The ruling by the Social Security Commissioner has determined that Attendance Allowance should be paid to care home residents who are in receipt of interim funding support from their local authority. This has been an area of dispute for some time and has been one of the fundamental reasons why the alternative funding route from the Benefits Agency has been more attractive for residents with a property to be sold. The national charity, CareAware, says that, following the Commissioner¹s recent decision relating to the payment of Attendance Allowance, some aspects of the issue have been incorrectly reported in the press and other elements have not been fully explained. CareAware director Bill Calderbank said a number of reports had suggested the ruling would enable residents to claim a higher level of benefits by allowing them to qualify for Severe Disability Premium at the rate of £40.20 per week. “This is not the case,” Mr Calderbank said. “There are two important conditions relating to the payment of Attend

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