You can get Attendance Allowance if you’re 65 or over and the following apply:
You have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both
Your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or someone to supervise you, for your own or someone else’s safety.
Lots of people are entitled to Attendance Allowance but don’t know enough about it to claim. You could get £55.65 or £83.10 a week – the amount you get will depend on how much help you need. You can spend the money however you like.
Attendance Allowance isn’t means tested so it doesn’t matter what other money you get. It doesn’t matter how much you have in savings either – there’s no limit. It won’t affect your state pension and you can claim it if you’re still working and earning money.
You’ll need to complete a long claim form when you apply for Attendance Allowance. It might seem daunting at first but help is available from our centre.
Attendance Allowance and your other benefits
Claiming Attendance Allowance might also mean you’re entitled to extra help – for example, you might qualify for a council tax reduction (this depends on your personal circumstances).
You must also:
be in Great Britain when you claim – there are some exceptions, such as members and family members of the armed forces
have been in Great Britain for at least 2 of the last 3 years (this doesn’t apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
not be subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant)
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