Attendance Allowance

Are you suffering from are illness or disability and require additional assistance at home and you are over the state pension age?

You could potentially be able to claim an Attendance allowance.

“Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people over State Pension age who need help with personal care or supervision.During the day or someone to watch over them by night, because of illness or disability.”

Potential allowance may vary. People who need help during the day or at night could earn £58.70 per week. People who require help during day and night could earn £87.65. (The following rates apply from April 2019-2020)

Claiming your attendance allowance

  • Will not reduce any other income you receive.
  • It’s tax-free.
  • If you’re awarded Attendance Allowance, you may become entitled to other benefits, such as Pension CreditHousing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, or an increase in these benefits if you’re already receiving them.
  • Attendance Allowance is not a means-tested so it doesn’t matter how much income and savings you have.

You will be eligible to apply for attendance allowance if you meet all the following requirements

  • are over State Pension age (if you are under the state pension age, you may be eligible for Personal Independence Payment instead)
  • you could benefit from help with personal care. From helping you with daily tasks and to keep you safe.
  • have any type of disability or illness, including sight or hearing impairments, or mental health issues such as dementia
  • have needed help for at least 6 months. (If you’re terminally ill you can make a claim straight away.)

To find out more on how to claim your attendance allowance and more detail regarding the information above, visit https://www.ageuk.org.uk/information-advice/money-legal/benefits-entitlements/attendance-allowance/