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No plans for a mobility component for Attendance Allowance

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Written Answer 9th June 2011.<

Work and Pensions<

Attendance Allowance

Bill Esterson:< To ask the Secretary of State for Work and Pensions if he will consider the merits of introducing a mobility component of attendance allowance to ensure that a person with mobility needs is eligible for the same level of financial support at the age of 65 as they are at 64. [58628]

Maria Miller:< We have no plans to amend the entitlement conditions for attendance allowance to introduce a mobility component. It is normal for pensions and benefit schemes to contain different provisions for people at different stages of their lives. Disability living allowance, which has a mobility component, is intended to focus additional help with the extra cost of disability on people who have the very considerable disadvantage of being severely disabled earlier in life and who as a consequence have less opportunity to work, earn and save compared to non-disabled people.

If a person claims disability living allowance, including the mobility component, before their 65th birthday, it can remain in payment beyond age 65 as long as the conditions of entitlement remain satisfied.

Attendance allowance provides help with the disability-related extra costs of people who experience the onset of disability after age 65. Based on the need for personal care, this help is part of the wide range of support that the Government make available to older people so that they can have a decent and secure income in retirement.