To: Government

Legally recognise ADUK Dogs as Carers for Direct Payments

To allow disabled people to be able to claim for their assistance dogs and associated costs under their direct payments for full costs to include Food, Insurance, Equipment, Toys, Treats, VAT relief like other working dogs. Bedding,Grooming, Dog Walking etc.

Why is this important?

These are amazing carers who maintain and promote independence for people who have various and complex care and social needs. Our assistance dogs care for us 24/7 who should be legally recognised by the government and save the government millions a year in care charges. The government needs to offer people the right to be able to claim for these costs to be able to keep us independent and motivated and socialised within the community. The average homecare cost is £200 per week the average cost of an ADUK is about £50 per week. Some more progressive councils allow for these amazing carers to be honoured and covered by a direct payment, whilst other councils take the guideline discriptor of carer ( meaning human ) as literal- this should be addressed to show the change since it was written. It will also help with the crisis in the health and social care situation.


Reasons for signing

  • because a member of my family relies on a dog carer to live an independant life
  • The care provided by assistance dogs is priceless but the cost to disabled people can be prohibitive. We are not paying for the luxury of having a pet, we are paying for a dog to meet our existing care needs.
  • Because it costs a lot to feed and look after all dogs and these assistance dogs are very special

Updates

2017-10-11 22:32:57 +0100

100 signatures reached

2017-10-09 10:22:35 +0100

50 signatures reached

2017-09-30 03:52:26 +0100

25 signatures reached

2017-09-27 23:41:24 +0100

10 signatures reached