The government is now targeting the ‘disabled pensioner’ for benefit cuts.
Yes you read that correctly and this government is deliberately and knowingly targeting the disabled pensioner for benefit cuts!
An open letter to government from Age UK came on my twitter line today which deserves scorn:
In a nutshell Attendance Allowance is a disability benefit for the pensioner (those 65+) and it is a national social security benefit.
The government is proposing to stop Attendance Allowance being a national benefit to which every pensioner has an absolute right to claim.
The government proposal is that the amount now paid out in Attendance Allowance is given to local councils and they they manage it as a local benefit similar to a Discretionary Housing Payment or DHP, albeit being ring fenced for that purpose alone.
However the problem with that is according to the governments own research figures Attendance Allowance has a non take-up rate of 30% (actual DWP est. is between 28% and 32%) – or that only 7 out of every 10 disabled pensioners who are entitled to it actually claim it!
As such the government is seeking to permanently fund just 70% of the known need for Attendance Allowance and deny any right to receive it for the 30% of disabled pensioners who could now claim what is their absolute right yet do not do so.
Perhaps the 46 page form they have to complete puts the disabled pensioner off from claiming it reader….?
I am also sick of the ‘tactful’ way the letter above is drafted and also that it is factually incorrect as Age UK fail to mention the current disabled pensioner, the 3 in 10 or 30% who are entitled to it yet don’t claim Attendance Allowance.
It is NOT just future disabled pensioners who will not be able to receive it Age UK, it is also those now entitled yet who do not claim it.
I make no apology either for the use of the term disabled pensioner which is politically incorrect and stigmatising yet sometimes there is a need to say it as it is, and this is one of those occasions.
As this government is knowingly and deceitfully seeking to take money away from pensioners who have a disability they will cut money from ANY vulnerable or marginalised person or group.
First they came for the … yes you know the rest and its way past time to be diplomatic or tactful … It’s time to fight the b*stards in this government who think the disabled pensioner is fair game.
There is a petition on this issue with a direct link here that comes from a comment below so please feel free to sign and share