Attendance Allowance is money to help you with extra costs if you have a disability severe enough that you need someone to help look after you, and you are aged 65 or older when you claim.
If you are under 65, you may be able to get Personal Independence Payment instead. You may not think of yourself as disabled, but if you have a health condition or illness that means you need the sort of help we tell you about in these notes, you may be able to get Attendance Allowance.
Your disability may be physical, or you may have mental-health problems, learning difficulties, sight, hearing, or speech difficulties.
- Attendance Allowance is not usually affected by your income or savings (but, if you get Constant Attendance Allowance with another benefit, this will be paid instead, or reduce the amount of your Attendance Allowance).
- Attendance Allowance is not taken off other benefits and tax credits you may receive.
- you can claim Attendance Allowance even if you have not paid any National Insurance contributions.
- you do not have to pay tax on the Attendance Allowance you receive.
if you get Attendance Allowance, you may get extra money with other benefits.
Frequently Asked Questions
You may get Attendance Allowance if:
- You are 65 or over when you make your claim
- You are not entitled to or already getting Personal Independence Payment
- Your disability means that you need help with your personal care, or you need someone to supervise you for your own, or someone else’s safety and
- You have needed that help for at least six months.
Even if you are not actually getting the help you need, you can still get Attendance Allowance.
‘Help with personal care’ means day-to-day help with things like:
- washing or getting into or out of a bath or shower
- going to, or using the toilet, or
- telling people what you need, or making yourself understood
cooking yourself a meal – this includes things like using hot pans and kitchen utensils safely and planning your meal, or getting motivated to do these things.
‘Supervise’ means that you need someone to watch over you to avoid substantial danger to yourself, or other people. This could mean:
- when you take medicines, or have treatment
- keeping you away from danger that you may not know is there
- avoiding danger you could face because you cannot control the way you behave, and
- stopping you from hurting yourself, or other people
You may need help with personal care, or supervision because you:
- find it hard to move your arms, or legs, or have no control over them
- get breathless easily, or are in pain, or
- have behaviour difficulties, mental-health problems, or you get confused.
If you think this benefit is appropriate to you please call us:
St Barnabas Hospice Welfare Team on 01476 513544 if you would like our assistance.