Attendance allowance eligibility: How state pension can impact payments – full details

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Attendance allowance payments will depend largely on how much care a person needs because of their disability. Currently, it is possible to receive either £59.70 or £89.15 per week if a claimant is both physically or mentally disabled and state pension age or older.

If a person is eligible for attendance allowance, they may also be able to boost the payments they receive from other benefits.

Unlike other benefits, attendance allowance is not means-tested, what a person earns or has in savings will not impact the payments.

The lower rate of £59.70 is paid to people who need frequent help or constant supervision during the day, or supervision at night.

Higher payments of £89.15 will be paid to people who need help or supervision throughout both the day and night or who are terminally ill.

Attendance allowance can be received by people who have reached state pension age so long as the following applies:

  • they have a physical disability (including sensory disability, for example blindness), a mental disability (including learning difficulties), or both
  • their disability is severe enough for them to need help caring for themselves or someone to supervise them, for their own or someone else’s safety
  • they have needed that help for at least six months (unless they’re terminally ill)

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Additionally, most claimants will need to be in Great Britain when they claim and be a habitual resident in the UK.

The support cannot usually be received by people who live in a care home and have their care paid for by a local authority.

Assessments may be needed if it is unclear how the claimant’s illness or disability affects them.

At the moment, face-to-face assessments are not going ahead due to coronavirus and claimants will be contacted by the DWP to let them know what needs to be done instead.

As it stands, it is not possible to receive attendance allowance if a claimant is already receiving disability living allowance, or personal independence payment.

To make a claim for attendance allowance, a person will need to apply by post.

A specific form can be requested and it will come with notes advising people on how to fill it in.

Once the form has been completed, it will need to be sent to: Freepost DWP Attendance Allowance.

While a person is claiming attendance allowance, they will be required to report any change in circumstances as they could impact how much is paid.

The government details the attendance allowance helpline must be called straight away if:

  • the level of help the claimant needs or your condition changes
  • they go into hospital or a care home
  • they leave the country for more than four weeks
  • they go into prison
  • they change their name, address or bank details
  • they want to stop receiving the benefit
  • their doctor’s details change

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