If you have a disability or illness and are over the state pension age, you may be entitled to this benefit.
There are two rates to Attendance Allowance
- Lower £58.70
- Higher £87.65
Attendance Allowance is a benefit paid to people who are over their state pension age who have care needs, to help with the extra costs of long term illness or disability. Attendance Allowance can be paid regardless of your income, savings or National Insurance contribution record and is a tax free benefit.
If you are a carer who also has care needs, you can claim Attendance Allowance for yourself and this will not affect your Carer’s Allowance. Getting Attendance Allowance does not reduce other benefits, it may even increase them.
If you have a carer then claiming Attendance Allowance may help them to qualify for certain benefits (such as Carer’s Allowance). Attendance Allowance may also entitle you and/or your carer to further help with Council Tax.
There are no restrictions on how you can spend your Attendance Allowance, you do not have to spend it on paying for the care that you need. However, your council or trust can take Attendance Allowance into account when calculating how much you might need to pay for any care services you receive. For further information go to Website: www.gov.uk/attendance-allowance or telephone 08007310122