Attendance Allowance is a payment which is intended to help with the extra costs a person may face if they have a disability severe enough that they need someone to help look after them. There are two different rates, and the one which the eligible person gets depends on the level of care that is needed because of the disability.
Who is eligible for Attendance Allowance?
The Government website states: “You can get Attendance Allowance if you’ve reached state pension age and the following apply:
- You have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both
- Your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring for yourself or someone to supervise you, for your own or someone else’s safety
- You have needed that help for at least six months (unless you’re terminally ill)
“You must also:
- Be in Great Britain when you claim – there are some exceptions, such as members and family members of the armed forces
- Have been in Great Britain for at least two of the last three years (this does not apply if you’re a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- Be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
- Not be subject to immigration control (unless you’re a sponsored immigrant).”
Attendance Allowance does not cover mobility needs.
It’s worth noting that the payment isn’t means-tested.
As such, what a person earns or how much they have in savings will not affect how much they can get.
Should circumstances change though, it may be the person gets a different rate.
Examples of potential help include extra Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction.
The latter is a discount on a person’s Council Tax bill, and this is something one needs to apply for via their local council.
These additional benefits aren’t guaranteed, so some will no doubt want to check to see if they qualify first.
The Government directs Attendance Allowance recipients to do this by checking with the helpline.
Another option is to raise the matter with the office which deals with the person’s benefit.