Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people aged 65 or over who need frequent help because of their sickness or disability. You can get Attendance Allowance even if no-one is giving you the care you need.
Many people do not realise that they can get this benefit and miss out on extra money every week.
If you are under 65 years old you may qualify for Personal Independence Payment.
If you are looking after someone who has an illness or disability, you may qualify for a Carer’s Allowance.
Who can claim
You can get Attendance Allowance if you:
- need a lot of help looking after yourself - with things like washing, dressing, eating, bathing, going to the toilet, medication or communicating with other people (for example because you cannot see or hear)
- need supervision to keep you safe from falls or accidents.
You must have needed help for at least six months (unless you are terminally ill - then you can get help straight away).
You can get Attendance Allowance even if:
- no one is giving you the help you need and you live alone. You do not have to be paying a carer and it is up to you how you spend the money
- you get help from the Royal Borough or the health service
- you have other money coming in or savings.
- Attendance Allowance is not taxable and can be paid on top of any other benefits or pensions you already have.
What you receive
Getting Attendance Allowance will never reduce any other benefits you get.
Find out about the Attendance Allowance rates on the Gov.UK website.
How to claim
To claim, contact the Disability Benefits Centre and ask for a form.
You will be given six weeks to return your form and your claim will then be dated from the day you telephoned.
Contact the Welfare Rights team for more information.