Due to her illness, while she was still living at home, we were advised by Social Services that Mum was entitled to claim Attendance Allowance. It was explained that the money didn’t have to be used to pay for a carer or home help. Instead the money could be used in any way to support Mum’s needs, such as extra days out, helping to relieve boredom, reducing anxiety and frustration.
We were surprised to learn that Attendance Allowance:
- Is tax free.
- Doesn’t reduce any other income you receive.
- Isn’t means-tested so won’t be impacted by how much income you receive or how much savings you have.
Attendance Allowance is designed to help people with an illness or disability remain independent at home. To be eligible you must meet the following criteria:
- Be over 65 years of age (people under 65 may be entitled to Personal Independence Payment).
- Have a physical disability, including sight and hearing impairments or a mental disability such as dementia. Attendance Allowance doesn’t include mobility needs.
- Need support to care for yourself or need supervision to keep you safe.
- Have needed support for at least 6 months, unless you are terminally ill.
How much is Attendance Allowance
The amount due depends on the amount of support required as follows:
- £57.30 a week if you need help either in the day or at night
- £85.60 a week if you need help both in the day and at night, or you are terminally ill.
These rates apply from April 2018 to April 2019.
Other Benefits of receiving Attendance Allowance
If you are eligible for Attendance Allowance you may also be entitled to Council Tax reduction, Pension Credit or Housing Benefit.
How to claim
Visit the GOV.UK website to download the Attendance Allowance claim form and for instructions on next steps.
Note: Attendance Allowance is payable residents of Great Britain. For more information on residency requirements visit the GOV.UK website.