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The State pension: Britons may get extra £356 each month for hearing loss or other conditions.
STATE pension payments are important to millions of Britons who have departed the workforce, but there could be additional amounts available for those with hearing loss or alternative conditions.
State Pension payments are made available to Britons of an eligible age who have built up significant National Insurance contributions throughout their lifetime. While the state pension sum is usually dependent on National Insurance contributions, the Government warned it is important to note some may receive less than the full sum if contracted out before April 6, 2016. Although the full state pension stands at £175.20 per week, some will wish to gain further levels of support.
Rishi Sunak may target your pension allowance this year - key deadline. This will be possible for those who have certain conditions, including people who are living with hearing loss. These kind of payments are available to those of state pension age through a scheme known as Attendance Allowance.
Attendance Allowance is intended to help people with extra costs if they have certain health conditions, to the extent they might need some additional help. However, a person does not actually have to have someone caring for them in order to claim.
ATR Says: The article is a bit misleading. No deaf get allowances for just being deaf, but for having additional medical issues. A few years ago they did via mobility issues and the DLA welfare payment, but that was scrapped in favour of PIP which next to no deaf got after. E.G. if you are eligible for a PIP welfare allowance then whoever cares for you is ineligible to claim carers allowance. Also, NI contributions can be an issue with people who had difficulties gaining regular employment or females etc who stopped to bring up children who already were prevented pensions for years as a result.
Attendance allowances rarely if ever get given for basic hearing loss at all. As is usual, hardly ANY deaf people at all will get this extra money, without giving up some allowances they now get, the numbers game ensures actually you can suffer the loss of monthly income and be more vulnerable to allowance withdrawal. The UK government is dedicated to the removal of the welfare state systems, 68% e.g. recently with deafness and hearing loss, failed to re-qualify for allowances they had before.
The deaf view of it being a non-disabling factor and huge advances in alleviating technologies means welfare payments may no longer apply. Most welfare payments to UK deaf are based on mobility. I.E. issues with travel, communications etc, now hardly applicable at all to most since communication support is a state provision.
Other issues about enabling mainstream participation and inclusion are still moot, as deaf areas are less interested in pursuing that option, preferring access options they can choose as per. Deaf also object to the premise deafness means they have to have carers.