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Mystery over shock fall in disability benefits paid to older people 07 Mar 2018 06:12 #6427

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Mystery over shock fall in disability benefits paid to older people

"“Astonishing” figures released by the government show that the number of older disabled people receiving benefits to help with their daily living costs has plummeted since 2011.

The figures show that the number of recipients of attendance allowance (AA) has fallen from 1.6 million in August 2011 to 1.435 million in August 2017, a fall of about 165,000 (just over 10 per cent) in six years, at a time when the UK’s population of older people has been increasing.

The fall in the lower rate of AA is most dramatic, falling from about 687,000 to 550,000, while the number claiming the higher rate fell from 914,000 in 2011 to 886,000 in 2017.

The number claiming lower rate AA (£55.65 a week) has continued to fall every year since 2011, although those on the higher rate (£83.10) fell sharply for the first three years but then rose again slightly over the last three years (from 855,000 to 886,000).

AA is non-means-tested and is designed to help with disability-related daily living costs, and is available to those 65 or over who do not already receive personal independence payment (PIP) or disability living allowance.

Some other benefits can also increase if a claimant is receiving AA.

The Office for National Statistics said last year that the percentage of the population that is 65 years or older was growing and “projected to continue to grow to nearly a quarter of the population by 2045”, with the proportion of the overall population – which increased by more than four million – who are 65 and over rising from 15.9 per cent in 2005 to 17.8 per cent in 2015.

Source: Disability News Service
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Mystery over shock fall in disability benefits paid to older people 07 Mar 2018 08:25 #6434

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Some Reasons could be;
1/ Froze to Death due to Cuts in local services,
2/ Starved to Death due to Cuts and Rocketing Food prices,
3/ Death by being Homeless due to Cuts,

Its still a very deeply Disturbing announcement.
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