Those claiming Attendance Allowance can benefit from up to £400.40 a month to help with their everyday activities.
Attendance Allowance helps with extra costs if someone has a disability severe enough that they need someone to help look after them.
It’s administered by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) and is paid at two different rates. How much someone gets depends on the level of care that they need because of their disability.
People could get £68.10 or £101.75 a week to help with personal support if they’re both physically or mentally disabled and of state pension age or older.
Some 3.4 million people who have reached state pension age aren’t claiming Attendance Allowance despite having a disability or health condition that affects their everyday lives.
As the cost of living crisis continues, Britons are urged to check they a receiving all the benefits they are eligible for as any extra financial support could be vital for households on low incomes.
Currently, the benefit can be worth up to £441 a month at its highest rate, equating to £5,291 per year.
According to the DWP’s official guidance, there are 56 main medical conditions that could qualify someone for Attendance Allowance.
- Back pain – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Disease of the muscles, bones or joints
- Trauma to limbs
- Visual disorders and diseases
- Hearing disorders
- Heart disease
- Respiratory disorders and diseases
- Cystic fibrosis
- Cerebrovascular disease
- Peripheral vascular disease
- Neurological diseases
- Multiple sclerosis
- Parkinson’s disease
- Motor neurone disease
- Chronic pain syndromes
- Diabetes mellitus
- Metabolic disease
- Traumatic paraplegia/tetraplegia
- Major trauma other than traumatic paraplegia/tetraplegia
- Learning difficulties
- Personality Disorder
- Behavioural disorder
- Alcohol and drug abuse
- Hyperkinetic syndrome
- Renal disorders
- Inflammatory bowel disease
- Bowel and stomach disease
- Blood disorders
- Multi system disorders
- Multiple allergy syndrome
- Skin disease
- Malignant disease
- Severely mentally impaired
- Double amputee
- Total parenteral nutrition
- Infectious diseases: viral disease – Covid-19
- Infectious diseases: viral disease – precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases: bacterial disease – tuberculosis
- Infectious diseases: bacterial disease – precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases: protozoal disease – malaria
- Infectious diseases: protozoal disease – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Infectious diseases – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Cognitive disorder – other/precise diagnosis not specified
- Terminally Ill
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Who is eligible for Attendance Allowance?
People can get Attendance Allowance if they’ve reached state pension age which is currently 66 in the UK and the following apply (unless they might have 12 months or less to live):
They have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example, blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both.
Their disability is severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves or someone to supervise them, for their own or someone else’s safety.
They have needed that help for at least six months.
Britons can apply by post. People can find the application form on the Government website.
The lower and higher payment rates are as follows:
- Lower rate: £68.10 per week (up from £61.85 )
- Higher rate: £101.75 per week (up from £92.40).
People who need help during the day or at night could be eligible for the lower rate, whereas people who need help during both the day and at night or have a terminal illness, could be eligible for the higher rate.
If circumstances change, the amount people get from Attendance Allowance may go up or down.
Individuals could be taken to court or have to pay a penalty if they give wrong information or do not report a change in their circumstances.
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