Disability allowance cuts may force some into paying for care themselves
Posted on 18 February 2011
Brits may need to take more responsibility for paying for long term care themselves, following reforms to the disability living allowance.
The Department for Work and Pensions is currently consulting on the proposed reforms, which could pose problems for those who will still need to find ways of paying for care.
Planned cuts have been condemned by the TUC, which claims that the reforms will leave disabled people and children in poverty.
Commenting on the organisation's own submission to the consultation, TUC general secretary Brendan Barber underlined the potential damage the cuts could cause.
He said: "As government slashes local authority budgets, councils will be forced to fall back to providing only the services they are bound to do by law, axing discretionary spending on support schemes and assistance for disabled people."
The comments follow the publication of a new report by the Health Service Ombudsman, which indicated that NHS care for elderly patients in particular needs to be improved in some basic areas.