Forgotten Million: Attendance Allowance, independence and behaviour change

Forgotten Million
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Date(s) - 17/06/2013
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Strategic Society Centre

Twitter hashtag: #AAmillion

The launch of major new research on Attendance Allowance and older people.

Speakers at this event, chaired by Janet Morrison of Independent Age, will include:

  • Liz Kendall MP, Shadow Minister for Care and Older People
  • Stephen Lloyd MP, Work and Pensions Committee
  • James Lloyd, Director, Strategic Society Centre

There is a forgotten majority in social care policy: one million older people who live with a disability, but receive no support from their local authority.

For years, the main public support to this group has been the Attendance Allowance system, which makes weekly payments to 1.6 million people, the vast majority of whom receive no paid care or council support. For many, Attendance Allowance is vital: consistent, transparent and predictable support for the extra costs of living with a disability that individuals can spend how they wish.

With the population ageing and intense pressure on public spending, local government and NHS budgets, it is more important than ever to help these individuals:

  • Maintain their own independence and minimise the need for paid care;
  • Spend their resources well to cope with the extra costs of disability;
  • Adapt to changes in functioning;
  • Find solutions from their own networks and assets.

This event therefore sees the launch of brand new quantitative and qualitative research from the Strategic Society Centre and Independent Age into Attendance Allowance recipients: who they are; their disability and health conditions; who supports them; and, the way they live their life.

The event will also explore the implications of the research for public policy:

  • How can the government make better use of the Attendance Allowance system as population ageing puts pressure on budgets?
  • What are the opportunities presented by the Attendance Allowance system?
  • Are recipients given enough information and help to maintain their own independence?
  • What is the role of the Attendance Allowance system in providing truly joined-up, integrated, preventive support to those with declining functionality?

This event is free and open to all; however, registration is required. 

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