If you are State Pension age you could get extra money if you have personal care and/or supervision needs due to a physical or mental health problem.
- Attendance Allowance is not means tested, is tax free and is not affected by any income or savings you have.
- It is paid over and above whatever income you already have and can often increase your entitlement to any means tested benefits you may be entitled to.
- You do not have to have someone looking after you to qualify as long as you can show that the help you need is reasonably required.
- Attendance Allowance is normally paid to the disabled person however if someone provides you with care, they may be able to claim Carer's Allowance for looking after you.
- You have to wait 6 months from when your care needs began before you can get Attendance Allowance unless you are terminally ill and satisfy special rules. If this is the case, Attendance Allowance can be paid straight away at the higher rate.
- If you are under State Pension age and have care needs or mobility problems, you will not be able to get Attendance Allowance but may be able to claim Personal Independence Payment (PIP) instead.
How to claim Attendance Allowance
Complete an Attendance Allowance Claim Form.
Alternatively, you can contact the Department for Work and Pension's (DWP's) Attendance Allowance Service Centre by phone on 0800 731 01 22 to request a claim form.
How much is Attendance Allowance?
Attendance Allowance is payable at two rates as follows:
Lower Rate - If you have day time needs only OR if you have night time needs only then you could get the lower rate of Attendance Allowance. This is £59.70 per week from April 2020.
Higher Rate - If you have both day time AND night time needs or satisfy the special rules, you could get the higher rate of Attendance Allowance. This is £89.15 per week from April 2020.
To qualify for Attendance Allowance, you must satisfy one or both of the following day and/or night time conditions:
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What happens if I have been turned down for Attendance Allowance?
If you have been turned down for Attendance Allowance or if you have received a decision that you are not happy about, you can ask for the decision to be looked at again. This is called a mandatory reconsideration. If the decision is not revised in your favour, you can appeal against the decision.