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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by David Blackford

16th March 2014, at 09:42:58

Terry you must belong to the - "If you can't beat them, join them" brigade.
I would prefer to beat them - at least by offering my own pearls of wisdom.

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by Terry Dalley

16th March 2014, at 07:24:10

David Blackford
I am 73 but live in the world as it is now not in the past , you may be right
About times gone by but you can never go back .
So get into the real world as it is not into the works as you remember it.

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by David Blackford

15th March 2014, at 15:33:41

Terry, you must obviously be a youngish chap. I refer to when families looked after their own. Sadly we now seem to live in a "benefits society".
The Council should not be required to top up State Benefits

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by Terry Dalley

15th March 2014, at 14:56:23

David Blackford what are you talking about I think you have lost the plot mate it is not about families looking after families its about the council looking after the people claiming from the government who are already being looked after .

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by David Blackford

15th March 2014, at 11:08:48

There is a famous saying. "Talk's cheap" - and if the person talking is a politician, then they are invariably talking cheap rubbish

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by John Heelan

15th March 2014, at 09:44:03

Beware politicians using the words "fairer and more robust" when describing proposed policies- they rarely are in practice and often indicate the opposite!

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by David Blackford

15th March 2014, at 07:30:18

Would your family look after you Terry? I hope I will never have to call upon my family to look after me either financially or physically. Sadly many people turn their backs on family responsibilities.

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by Colin Russell

15th March 2014, at 06:43:25

Bill, some people up and down the country think its there god given right to lay in bed all day and be paid for it.
Also there are a lot of people in bad health that really do need help and the benefits, and half the time some of these people are to proud to ask for help or given the wrong advice, and they have paid into the pot all there working lives

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by Terry Dalley

15th March 2014, at 06:33:19

To David Blackford
You sound just like one of the im all right Jack brigade who are doing alright and nickers to the rest of you .
Nice work if you can get it but some of us cant .We live in the real world where you have to get by as you can .

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by David Blackford

15th March 2014, at 06:27:53

There was a time when families looked after each other. Sadly, now many families say "That's not my responsibility" and expect the State to do the job for them

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