Attendance Allowance

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If you have a health problem that means you need help with your personal care, you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance (AA) and get extra money each week to support you.

Attendance Allowance is not means tested so you can claim it regardless of whatever income and savings you have.

The rate you get depends on the help you need. It doesn’t matter if you are actually getting help; the important thing is that you need it. You can spend it on care or a carer, or the extra things you need to keep you safe and independent. There are two weekly rates:

  • £81.30 High rate - if you need help both in the day and at night
  • £54.45 Lower rate - if you need help in the day or at night.

Can I claim Attendance Allowance?

  • You must be aged 65 or over.
  • You must have a physical or mental disability, or be terminally ill.
  • You must need frequent attention throughout the day either with personal care (e.g. help with dressing and washing), or continual supervision to keep you safe, or repeated attention or watching over at night.
  • You must have a long-term condition or health need, and have needed help for six months, before you can receive Attendance Allowance. However, if you are terminally ill you can claim straight away.

You can use our online benefits calculator to find out if you might be eligible for Attendance Allowance.

If you are aged under 65, you may be able to get Disability Living Allowance.

How do I claim Attendance Allowance?

When completing the form, don’t underestimate your needs. Think about all the things you can't do, or have trouble with, because of your condition.

You can apply for Attendance Allowance:

  • at your Social Security/Jobs and Benefits office
  • by filling in an Attendance Allowance form and returning the form to your Jobs and Benefits Office

Download an application form:

Attendance Allowance claim form AA1A (PDF 153 KB) Attendance Allowance claim form notes (PDF 63 KB) Attendance Allowance Flyer (PDF 530 KB)

You can also ask the Benefit Enquiry Line to send you an application form via 0800 220 674 or 028 9090 6178.

Find your local Social Security/Jobs and Benefits office (NI Direct)
Read more on the NI Direct website

Free benefit check

If you, or an older person you know needs advice, information or practical support on a wide range of issues including welfare benefits, community care, housing and health, contact the Age NI Advice Service on Freephone 0808 808 7575 to speak to a specialist advisor in confidence. Our advisors can provide a free benefit check to ensure that older people are accessing the benefits they are entitled to.

Every year our Advice Service deals with thousands of calls from older people in need. Call the Age NI Advice Service today to make sure that you are receiving all the help and support available to you.

Age NI Advice Line:
0808 808 7575
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