Working Better Together? What are the options for Attendance Allowance and social care?

Working Better Together - What are the options for Attendance Allowance and social care
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Date(s) - 22/07/2011
9:30 am - 11:30 am

Bupa House

A roundtable exploring how the interaction of disability benefits and the social care system can be improved.

Date and time: 09.30-11.30, Friday July 22nd, 2011

Location: Bupa House, 15-19 Bloomsbury Way, London, WC1A 2BA

The last five years has seen an intense policy debate about whether the £7.5 billion of public spending in England on older people’s disability benefits could be put to better use if it were transferred to the social care system.

However, with limited political appetite for such a bold change, there is now increasing interest in the largely neglected topic of how the two systems could work better together, particularly in the context of cash-based Direct Payments operating side-by-side with cash-based disability benefits.

With the Commission on Funding Care and Support indicating its interest in a renamed, revamped Attendance Allowance, multiple ideas are now emerging around improved signposting, data-sharing and a joint national entitlement framework.

This roundtable explored the questions:

  • What are the ‘quick wins’ available for improving the interaction of older people’s disability benefits and the social care system?
  • What should be the longer-term priorities for improving the interaction of the two systems, for example, improving the user experience and removing overlapping assessment, or sharing information to improve targeting?
  • What are likely to be the potential pitfalls of attempting structural integration of two such different areas of the public sector?

Speakers at this event comprised:

  • James Lloyd, Director, The Strategic Society Centre
  • Richard Given, Senior Policy Advisor, Disability and Carer’s Benefits Strategy, DWP

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