Attendance Allowance

This benefit is for people aged 65 or over who have difficulty looking after themselves.

If you’re under 65 and live in England, Scotland or Wales, you should claim Personal Independence Payment instead of Attendance Allowance. If you live in Northern Ireland and are under 65, you should claim Disability Living Allowance.

Who can claim

You may qualify if you need help with personal care, for example:

  • getting out of bed
  • having a bath
  • dressing yourself.

Attendance Allowance is based on the amount of care you need, not the amount of care you get. You don’t need to have a carer to be able to get this benefit, but you must have needed care for at least six months.

You should also note that:

  • your income and savings aren’t taken into account for Attendance Allowance
  • you can claim Attendance Allowance if you’re working
  • you don’t need to pay national insurance to claim Attendance Allowance
  • if you’re awarded Attendance Allowance, your other benefits won’t be reduced – they may actually increase, or you may be able to get other benefits, such as Pension Credit.

How much you’ll get

The benefit is paid at one of two rates:

  • The lower rate of £55.10 a week – for people who need help either during the day or at night.
  • The higher rate of £82.30 a week – for people who need help both during the day and at night.

Attendance Allowance doesn’t provide help for mobility problems.

Terminal illness

If you’re terminally ill and not expected to live for more than six months, you can apply for Attendance Allowance under the special rules. Under these rules, you don’t need to have needed care for six months. Your claim will be dealt with quickly and you’ll receive the benefit at the highest rate. All special rules claims for Attendance Allowance are reviewed after three years.

How to claim

For an application form, call the DWP’s Attendance Allowance helpline on 0345 605 6055 or textphone 0345 604 5312.

You can also download and print a form at gov.uk/attendance-allowance.

It’s a good idea to get help from an experienced welfare rights adviser when filling in your application form – call the Macmillan Support Line on 0808 808 00 00.

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Personal Independence Payment

Personal Independence Payment has replaced Disability Living Allowance in England, Scotland and Wales for people aged 16–64 with a long-term disability.