Attendance Allowance is like Personal Independence Payment (PIP) – but for older people (65 and over).
It helps to meet the extra costs of a disability and so helps people with disabilities to live as independent a life as possible.
Attendance Allowance is saved
Back in 2016, the Government was thinking of phasing out Attendance Allowance and moving the funding from the Department for Work and Pensions to local councils. We were really worried that if this were to happen, cash-strapped local authorities wouldn't be able to provide anything like an adequate replacement, meaning that fewer people with sight loss would have access to the additional support to live independently.
We let the Government know our views, lobbied MPs, worked in partnership with other disability and older people's organisations, engaged with local councils and crucially sought your support. Hundreds of you took action by writing to your MPs about protecting this vital benefit. As a result of your support, and only because of your support, on 19 January, the Government backed down and announced that Attendance Allowance would be staying as it is. This is fantastic news for older people with sight loss. Thank you so much for your support, we couldn't have done this without you.
If you’re blind or partially sighted and are applying for Attendance Allowance or have any other benefit queries, our Helpline is there for advice and support on 0303 123 9999.
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There's clear evidence that living with sight loss brings a range of additional costs. We campaign for a fairer benefits system and to ensure people with sight loss have access to disability benefits.