6 myths about claiming Attendance Allowance
Some people miss out on Attendance Allowance because they mistakenly believe they don’t qualify or are put off by the claims’ process. Do any of these apply to you?
1. ‘My claim was turned down’
Your circumstances may have changed since the last time you applied, especially if it was a while ago. If your care needs have increased, you may find you’re now eligible.
2. ‘My income’s too high’
It is assessed purely on your disability or health condition and your care or supervision needs. It isn’t means-tested so it doesn’t matter what you earn or how much you have in savings.
3. ‘I can get by without it’
You’ve paid into the tax system all your life. Now it’s time to get something back. Think about what support or equipment might help you to carry on living independently at home for longer.
4. ‘I don’t want a carer coming in’
You don’t have to spend Attendance Allowance on a carer. Many older people spend it on other types of help in the home, or equipment to help them stay independent.
5. ‘I don’t have a carer’
You don’t need to have a carer or someone looking after you. You qualify based on the help you need, not the help you actually get.
6. ‘The claim form’s too long'
Ask your local Age UK if they can help you fill it in. Call Age UK Advice for free on 0800 169 65 65 or visit your nearest Age UK.
What should I do next?
How to claim
Find out the steps you need to take to claim Attendance Allowance
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