What is Attendance Allowance?
Attendance Allowance is a benefit for people over State Pension age who need help with personal care or supervision because of illness or disability. It is a non-means tested benefit which means you are able to use it for whatever you wish to meet your needs and stay independent in your own home. It does not have to be spent on care.
Quite often if you are awarded Attendance Allowance you may then become eligible to claim other benefits such as Pension Credit or Council Tax Reduction.
Am I eligible to claim Attendance Allowance?
You could be eligible to claim if you are over State Pension age, you have any type of disability or illness and it means that you need help with personal care or supervision.
You must have needed help for at least 6 months
unless your diagnosis is terminal which means you can make a claim straight away.
How much could I get?
There are 2 weekly rates and the rate you get depends on your needs. These rates are for 2019/2020.
How do I claim?
- £58.70 - this is the lower rate and is awarded to people who need help during the day or night
- £87.65 - this is the higher rate and is awarded to people who need help during the day and night
You can apply by getting a claim form from the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122 or through Age UK Solihull. Age UK Solihull has Benefits Caseworkers who can complete your claim for you. Call them on 0121 704 7840 to find out how they can help you to claim. Age UK Solihull can also check your eligibility to claim.