3 September 2009

Call For Action to Save Attendance Allowance

Responding to the UK Government's proposals to abolish attendance allowance and disability living allowance local MSP Stewart Stevenson has expressed concern that this will result in many vulnerable member's of society losing out as a result of it's abolition.

For many people Attendance Allowance has become a lifeline and has enabled them to receive the care they require, without it many people would find it hard to survive with the pressures that their condition has brought. However the UK Government has proposed scrapping the allowances in favour of centralising the funds, a move which many say is in order to plug an ever growing funding black hole at the centre of social services in England.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said:

"As we have seen, faced with the need to cut costs the UK Government has once again opted to punish those most in need of assistance. What's more this move is spectacularly short sighted when we consider the benefits of the Attendance Allowance and the consequences of its scrapping. Many people gain independence and the ability to lead as normal a life as possible as a result of the allowance, who if denied it would require more intensive care resulting in ever increasing costs.

"This is why I would urge the UK Government to abandon these plans and listen to the concern of the various charities and member s of the public who have expressed their concern over the effect these changes will have on some of the most vulnerable members of society."

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