26 October 2009
Responding to reports in the press that Andy Burnham has this afternoon ruled out the proposal to scrap Disability Living Allowance, Duleep Allirajah, Policy Manager at Macmillan Cancer Support, says:
'Whilst we are pleased the Government has said Disability Living Allowance (DLA) will not be used to meet the shortfall in social care funding, we remain deeply concerned that Attendance Allowance (AA) is still under threat.
'Abolishing AA, as proposed in the Government’s green paper, would leave many cancer patients over 65 unable to pay for the extra costs of disability, such as a special diet, higher fuel bills or travel to hospital.
'We hope this, and any future Government, will realise the strength of feeling against the appalling proposal to scrap AA and commit to protecting this invaluable benefit.'
For further information, please contact:
Rebecca Openshaw, Macmillan Cancer Support
020 7840 4699 (Out of Hours: 07801 307 068)
About Macmillan Cancer Support
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