In the face of soaring energy bills, rising inflation and higher living costs, it’s more important than ever that older people make sure they are claiming all the financial support they are entitled to. Many people are entitled to Attendance Allowance but may not know enough about it to make a claim.
Attendance Allowance helps Britons of state pension age and older with extra costs if they have a physical or mental disability or illness severe enough that makes it hard for them to look after themselves. It does not cover mobility needs.
It can help people stay independent in their own home for longer.
Claimants do not need to have someone caring for them in order to apply.
Britons should apply for Attendance Allowance if they have a disability or illness and need help or supervision throughout the day or at times during the night – even if they don’t currently get that help.
This might include:
- Help with personal care – for example getting dressed, eating or drinking, getting in and out of bed, bathing or showering and going to the toilet
- Help to stay safe
Additionally, if someone has difficulties with personal tasks, for example if they take a long time to complete, they experience pain or they need physical help, like a chair to lean on.
Attendance Allowance isn’t just for people with a physical disability or illness.
People can also claim if they need help or supervision throughout the day or night and have a mental health condition, learning difficulties or a sensory condition – if they are deaf or visually impaired.
The Daily Record gave examples of conditions that provide Attendance Allowance support. They included:
- Back Pain – Other / Precise Diagnosis not Specified Disease of The Muscles, Bones or Joints
- Trauma to Limbs
- Heart disease
- Chest disease
- Cystic Fibrosis
- Alcohol and Drug Abuse
There are many more conditions that can provide attendance allowance support. Britons are encouraged to check out the official eligibility guidance on the GOV.UK website.
People could receive £61.85 per week if they need help during the day or at night.
They could get £92.40 a week if they need help during the day and at night, or if they are terminally ill.
It is also tax-free and they will be exempt from the Benefit Cap so they won’t have money taken away from any other benefits.
Moreover it does not affect state pension and they can even claim it if they’re still working and earning money.
The other benefits one may get could increase if they get Attendance Allowance, these include:
- Extra Pension Credit
- Housing Benefit Reduction
- Council Tax Reduction
Britons won’t be able to get Attendance Allowance if they already get PIP or DLA to pay for their care.