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Attendance Allowance and Residential Care

In his article on benefits for disability published in the ECA earlier this year Alan Robinson referred to the regulations dealing with entitlement to attendance allowance for people living in residential care homes or nursing homes as impenetrable, and declined to state a firm view a to who is entitled and who is not, The purpose of this paper is to analyse those regulations in more detail, and to give the writer''s opinion as to the practical implications. Readers are referred to Alan Robinsons article for a statement as to the basic rules of entitlement to attendance allowance1.

1 May 1998



In his article on benefits for disability published in the ECA earlier this year Alan Robinson referred to the regulations dealing with entitlement to attendance allowance for people living in residential care homes or nursing homes as "impenetrable", and declined to state a firm view a to who is entitled and who is not, The purpose of this paper is to analyse those regulations in more detail, and to give the writer's opinion as to the practical implications. Readers are referred to Alan Robinson's article for a statement as to the basic rules of entitlement to attendance allowance1.

In principle, attendance allowance may remain or become payable after a disabled person has entered a residential care home or nursing home. However, this benefit is targeted at a need for personal care, and given that provision of such care is the main function of residential accommodation, there is a policy objection to what amounts to double funding of the...

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