Attendance Allowance in England: also incorporating Attendance Allowance on a low income

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Lloyd, James; Ross, Andy
Strategic Society Centre
Date of publication
1 June 2013
Poverty Alleviation Welfare Benefits and Financial Inclusion, Disabled people, Older Adults
Social welfare
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Attendance Allowance is a weekly cash payment of £53 – £79, which is paid to older people with a disability in England. This report comprises new research on Attendance Allowance recipients. It uses data from Wave 5 of the English Longitudinal Study of Ageing (ELSA), a nationally representative social survey of 10,274 people aged 50 and over in England, to provide new descriptive, trend and associational evidence on AA recipients. It also includes qualitative research based on individual interviews with members of the older people’s charity Independent Age who receive both means tested Pension Credit and Attendance Allowance, to provide new insights into how older people on a low income perceive AA and the difference it makes to their lives.

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