7 Comment on the audio clips: Benefits and payments
7.1 Payments received
Diane Mallett said she didn't get any payment, though she used to get Invalid Care Allowance (ICA) when her mother-in-law was alive. Her brother-in-law, Paul, only got the lower level of Disablility Living Allowance. Diane pointed out that, if he'd been assessed before she intervened, he might have got a higher amount. John Avery said that Mr Asghar got Attendance Allowance. He thought he wouldn't be able to get Invalid Care Allowance, as this would affect his benefits.
Enid Francis' sons got the higher amount of Disability Living Allowance and she received an Invalid Care Allowance. She was worried about what would happen when she turned 60 as she was afraid she would no longer be eligible for this benefit. In fact she would have been able to continue receiving ICA, though her payment would have been adjusted depending on what pension she received (West, 2000).
Sarah Fletcher got a direct payment from Derbyshire Social Services topped up by the Independent Living Fund.
Alex Zinga got a direct payment from Sheffield Social Services. Someone receiving a direct payment would have been assessed by their local social services department, but would receive cash instead of services. The amount of cash Alex received was calculated according to the value of the help she had been assessed as needing.