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Title:Disability benefits for older people: How does the UK attendance allowance system really work? PDF Logo
Authors:Pudney, Steve
Issue Date:2010
Series/Report no.:ISER Working Paper Series 2010-02
Abstract:We analyse FRS survey data on the relationship between disability and receipt of the Attendance Allowance (AA) disability benefit by older people. Despite being non-means-tested, we find that AA is implicitly income-targeted and strongly targeted on those with care needs. We focus particularly on the receipt of higher-rate benefit, intended for those in need of day-and-night care, finding that, in practice, higher-rate payments are negatively related to age and income, in addition to care needs. The allocation of higher-rate AA awards strongly favours people with physical rather than cognitive disabilities.
Subjects:disability benefits
welfare participation
Attendance Allowance
FRS
JEL:C14
I18
I38
Document Type:Working Paper
Appears in Collections:ISER Working Paper Series, Institute for Social and Economic Research (ISER), University of Essex

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