I care for my disabled wife but we face a 22% cut in income
I am a Carer for my wife. Derbyshire County Council aim to introduce charging for the current support provided for my wife and I. This will result in £1500p.a. being taken off my wife’s Disability Living Allowance (presuming we maintain the same level of help - for which the eligibility is being tightened) plus £288 a year for the maintainence of essential equipment which the Council currently pays for on the agreement it can remove them once not needed.
Taken together this is the equivalent of a 12% cut in income. The changes that the national government have announced - reduction in Support for Mortgage Interest and the uprating of entitlements by CPI rather than RPI - will result in a further 10% reduction at best. My wife’s DLA is going to be reassessed and it is also unclear what is going to happen to my Carers Allowance, and if we will be liable to pay Council Tax. In brief at best a 22% reduction in income. We are on the lowest income according to the law. No self-pity but facts.
- Posted by: Jim at 11:36pm on 29 November 2010
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