Council plans to scrap £10 a week allowance to elderly disabled

By Emily Pearce

Friday, March 14, 2014

 

A FLAT rate allowance paid to elderly people with disabilities could be scrapped, in a proposed cost-cutting measure.

The Isle of Wight Council has launched a two-month consultation on plans to scrap the £10 a week allowance, for people with disabilities who need extra help meeting cleaning, shopping, travel, heating and other costs.

Instead of deducting the flat rate from the overall cost of providing a person’s care, the council has proposed calculating the actual cost of the disability-related expenditure and charging accordingly.

The move would save £160,000 during 2014/15 and £300,000 the following year.

It would affect around 1,400 people.

The council cabinet agreed last Tuesday to launch a two-month consultation with service users, disability groups and and health and social care organisations.

Cabinet member for health, community and adult wellbeing, Cllr Gordon Kendall, said: "The council is facing extreme financial challenges over the coming three years, and in relation to this we are required to take a look at all our costs, including introducing proposals for a fairer and more robust approach to additional disability-related expenditure."

Reporter: emilyp@iwcpmail.co.uk

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