People use the attendance allowance and disability living allowance to help them, under their own control, to create a quality of life for themselves that helps them to remain independent. That is precisely in line with the policy we are all trying to pursue. It is clear that if one narrowly focuses only on care needs, we will miss out much that goes to constitute well-being, and there is no health without well-being, and there is no independence, without sustaining people’s quality of life.
That was Andrew Lansley, speaking in parliament during an opposition day debate on the topic of disability benefits for older people.
He was right then. I wonder if he disagrees with what his colleagues – now in government – are thinking of doing now?