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Assessing the distributional impact of reforms to disability benefits for older people in the UK: implications of alternative measures of income and disability costs

HANCOCK, RUTH and PUDNEY, STEPHEN (2014) 'Assessing the distributional impact of reforms to disability benefits for older people in the UK: implications of alternative measures of income and disability costs.' Ageing and Society, 34 (2). 232 - 257. ISSN 0144-686X

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Abstract

<jats:title>ABSTRACT</jats:title><jats:p>The UK Attendance Allowance (AA) and Disability Living Allowance (DLA) are non-means-tested benefits paid to many disabled people aged 65 + . They may also increase entitlements to means-tested benefits through the Severe Disability Premium (SDP). We investigate proposed reforms involving withdrawal of AA/DLA. Despite their present non-means-tested nature, we show that withdrawal would affect mainly low-income people, whose losses could be mitigated if SDP were retained at its current or a higher level. We also show the importance of the method of describing distributional impacts and that use of inappropriate income definitions in official reports has overstated recipients' capacity to absorb the loss of these benefits.</jats:p>

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Divisions: Faculty of Social Sciences > Institute for Social and Economic Research
Depositing User: Jim Jamieson
Date Deposited: 25 Sep 2013 15:37
Last Modified: 02 May 2019 23:15
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/7946

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