January 03, 2013 -- Able Newsflash No.354

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Care News

What is new for 2013?

From 8 April 2013 the Government is introducing a new benefit called Personal Independence Payment (PIP) to replace Disability Living Allowance (DLA) for eligible working age people aged 16 to 64.

The change means that the Disability Living Allowance will end for everyone of working age even if they have an indefinite period award. By working age we mean everyone who is aged 16 to 64 on the day Personal Independence Payment is introduced.There are no current plans to replace Disability Living Allowance for children under 16 and people aged 65 and over who are already receiving Disability Living Allowance.

Personal Independence Payment is based on an assessment of individual need. The new assessment will focus on an individual’s ability to carry out a range of key activities necessary to everyday life. Information will be gathered from the individual, as well as healthcare and other professionals who work with and support them. Most people will also be asked to a face to face consultation with a trained independent assessor as part of the claim process.


Changes to Benefit - Implementation of Universal Credit from October 2013
The current complex system of working-age benefits and Tax Credits is to be gradually replaced by a new benefit called Universal Credit. The process of moving existing claimants on to Universal Credit should be completed by October 2017.

From 2013/2014 Universal Credit will replace Income Support, Income Based Jobseekers Allowance, Income Related Employment Support Allowance, Housing Benefit, Child Tax Credit and Working Tax Credit.

??? Question of the Week ???

"I and my husband are coming up to the age of 60 and would like to know when we can receive our state pension. Can you give us the new criteria please?"

Answer : State pension age for women:If you were born before 6 April 1950, your state pension age is 60.

If you were born on or after 6 April 1950 but before 6 December 1953, your state pension age will be somewhere between 60 and 65, depending on your date of birth.

If you were born on or after 6 December 1953 but before 6 April 1978, your state pension age will be somewhere between 65 and 68 depending on your date of birth.

If you were born on or after 6 April 1978, your state pension age will be 68.

State pension age for men:If you were born before 6 December 1953, your state pension age is 65.

If you were born on or after 6 December 1953 but before 6 April 1978, your state pension age will be somewhere between 65 and 68 depending on your date of birth.

If you were born on or after 6 April 1978, your state pension age will be 68.

You can work out the exact date of your state pension age by using the state pension age calculator on the GOV.UK website. Go to: www.gov.uk

Interesting Information / Statistics

The Chelsea Pensioners - Their home, the Royal Hospital Chelsea, was founded in 1682 by King Charles II to provide soldiers with a fitting home in their retirement.

To be considered for admission as an in-pensioner, a candidate must be:


One child in 20 under the age of 16 in the UK is disabled and only 8% of the families receive help from Social Services.

Contact a Family is the national charity that exists to support the families of disabled children whatever their condition or disability. Established over 30 years ago they offer support and advice to approximately 340,000 families annually.

For further details visit their website at: www.cafamily.org.uk

In-House News

Prospective clients have been visited in Norfolk and Kent.

Review visits have taken place in Norfolk and Hertfordshire.

Sadly this week we saw one of our clients move into an appropriate residential care home because managing her care had become too much for one live-in carer.Live-in care had been provided since 2008 and a regular rota of carers was in place. Not only is this a difficult time for all family members but also for the live-in carers who had been her constant companions for over four years.

In the same week we received a letter from a family whose relative we had cared for from 2011 till her death a few weeks ago, thanking us and especially her three regular, rotational, live-in carers for the ‘excellent care’ received and the ‘great relief it had been to know that X was in such safe hands’.

Client Profile

Nell has macular degeneration and in the main is supported and cared for by her family.

In June 2012 the family approached Able Community Care with respect to having periods of respite from a live-in carer. Since June five periods have been covered with the same live-in carer who is returning for a sixth placement this month.




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Best Wishes,
Angela Gifford, Director
Able Community Care Ltd.