MPs’ report supports call to increase personal expenses
Age Concern and Help the Aged have welcomed support from the Work and Pensions Select Committee for an urgent increase to the Personal Expenses Allowance (PEA) that 240,000 care home residents will receive this year.
The Select Committee report, ‘Tackling Pensioner Poverty’, agrees that the level of PEA is far too low for care home residents to live dignified lives and calls for it to be increased to ï¿½40 a week. PEA is the allowance older care home residents with savings of less than ï¿½23,000 get after they surrender their pensions and most of their assets to pay for care home fees.
Under national means-testing rules, older people are left with ï¿½21.90 a week to pay for essential personal items such as clothes, hairdressing, toiletries and reading materials.