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What is Attendance Allowance?

You may be able to claim Attendance Allowance if your ability to keep safe or look after your own personal care is affected by physical or mental illness or disability.

Attendance Allowance has 2 weekly rates, and the rate you get depends on the help you need. You’ll get:

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

These rates apply from April 2014 to April 2015.

Attendance Allowance won't reduce other income

Attendance Allowance won't reduce other incomeClaiming Attendance Allowance won’t reduce any other income you receive, and it’s tax-free. If you’re awarded it, you may become entitled to other benefits, such as Pension Credit or Housing Benefit, or an increase in these benefits.

As we get older, many of us need a little extra help to look after ourselves, especially if we have a long-term illness or disability. We'll show you how to increase your chance of making a successful claim for Attendance Allowance.

Further information


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For more information: Call Age NI Advice: 0808 808 7575

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