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Claiming Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance

Attendance Allowance is a tax free, non-means tested benefit  for someone
who suffers from an illness/disability and has care and/or supervision needs.

To qualify you must be 65yrs or over old when applying, satisfy the residency rules
and have the right to reside in Great Britain.

You must have had a need for at least 6 months and expect to have needs for at
least another 6 months OR claim under special rules if you are terminally ill.


Attendance Allowance may be awarded at one of two rates;
Higher rate £89.60 per week for a Day and Night time need
Lower rate £60.00 per week for a Day or Night time need


Day – you require from another person
a) frequent attention throughout the day in connection with your bodily
functions, or
b) continual supervision throughout the day in order to avoid substantial danger to
yourself or others.


Night – you require from another person
a) prolonged or repeated attention in connection with your bodily functions, or
b) in order to avoid substantial danger to yourself or others, somebody to be
awake for a prolonged period or at frequent intervals


Attendance Allowance upgrade – If the lower rate is already in
payment and there has been an additional need for help with
personal care/supervision at night which is repeated/frequent (twice
or more) and/or for a prolonged period (20 mins +) an application to
upgrade may be appropriate, this is also subject to a 6 month

To claim Attendance Allowance you will have to complete an application form, it is
fairly simple but quite lengthy (28 pages).

If the DWP needs any further information
they can ask for it or if you can send in additional evidence of your disability or illness.


Try to keep it relevant to personal care and supervision needs. Housekeeping,
shopping, driving, gardening are NOT personal care or supervision needs. Don’t
forget any need for ‘supervision’ –stumbling, the risk of falls, pendant alarms…


Attendance Allowance is paid at one of two rates, low or high depending on WHEN
you need the help DAY or NIGHT not how bad you are

If you would like advice or support the we may be able to help, please contact us.

There will be a charge for this services. Please see ‘How much will it cost’ page

Nicola Taylor

Nicola Taylor

Nik is an experienced Care Funding and Benefit adviser and trainer. She has been helping people navigate the care and benefit maze for many years and is dedicated to supporting people to make good care choices and care funding decisions. The Author of several books, she has worked for Local and Central Government and supports both advisers and private clients with care funding and benefits advice and Care Navigator Reports.

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