Shropshire Disability Network are pleased to share with you good news of a campaign run by Age UK. In 2016 they campaigned to counter proposals from Government to transfer responsibility for Attendance Allowance to councils as part of their new powers to retain 100% of Business Rates they collect locally.
Locally Age UK Shropshire Telford & Wrekin had a huge response to the campaign, with 553 recipients of Attendance Allowance taking part in surveys, events etc. Nationally there was also a powerful campaign. Age UK across the country were able to work with Local Government Association, Carers UK as well as housing & care organisations, health and disability charities to mount a considered and sustained cross-sector opposition to the proposal.
The hard work has paid off, the Government have listened listened resulting in an announcement on the 20th January that Attendance Allowance will not be transferred to local councils as part of the Business Rate Reforms.
Age UK acknowledges the work carried out by local Age UK’s but also warns that we continually be aware about continued threats to older people’s support.
Click here to read Age UK’s letter: Attendance Allowance Campaign