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Attendance Allowance

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Attendance Allowance

Extra help for people of State Pension age with a physical or mental disability who need personal care or supervision

Attendance Allowance is a payment for people who are over State Pension age who have a physical or mental disability which means that they need help with personal care or supervision.

There is a misconception that Attendance Allowance needs to be spent on a carer – however, many older people choose to spend the money on other types of help in the home instead. 


Who is eligible?

Attendance Allowance is not means-tested, so you can apply regardless of how much income or savings you have.

If you do not already receive Disability Living Allowance or Personal Independence Payment you may be able to claim Attendance Allowance.

You could be eligible if you:

  • are of State Pension age 
  • could benefit from help with personal care, such as getting washed or dressed, or supervision to keep you safe 
  • have any type of disability or illness, including sight or hearing impairments, dementia or mental health issues
  • have needed help for at least six months(if you are terminally ill you can make a claim straight away)

You do not actually have to receive help from a carer, as Attendance Allowance is based on the help you need, not the help you actually receive.

You do not have to spend your Attendance Allowance on care – it is up to you how you use it.

State Pension Age

The State Pension age is currently 66, and it will reach 67 by 2028 . You can check your qualifying age using the UK Government's State Pension age calculator


How much is Attendance Allowance?

There are two weekly rates. The rate you receive depends on the
help you need. The rates are:

  • £60.00 if you need help throughout the day or at night.
  • £89.60 if you need help throughout both the day and at night.

If you are awarded Attendance Allowance you may become entitled to other benefits such as Pension Credit, Housing Benefit or Council Tax Reduction, or to an increase in these benefits.

Read Attendance Allowance guide

You can find more information about Attendance Allowance in our information guide.


How do I apply?

You can get a claim form by calling the Attendance Allowance helpline on 0800 731 0122 (textphone: 0800 731 0317).

You can also download a claim form at www.gov.uk/attendanceallowance/how-to-claim 

It is is best to phone for a claim form as your payments will be backdated to when you phoned, provided you return the form within 6 weeks.

Filling in the form

Attendance Allowance is awarded based on your care needs, not because of the types of health problem you have.

Many applications are turned down because people do not clearly explain how their illnesses or disabilities affect their lives. Think about all the things you cannot do, or have trouble with, because of your condition. Do not leave things out, even if you feel you can just about manage.

Our Attendance Allowance guide contains hints and tips about how to explain your personal care and supervision needs on the form. 

Need help to complete the form?

If you need help completing the form, contact the Age Scotland helpline on 0800 12 44 222 and speak with an adviser. We will try to find someone locally who can help you to complete the form.


Care and Support

If you need help with care, you may be entitled to help from your local council too. See our guides Care and support at home: assessment and funding and Care and support at home: practical help for further information. 

Care and Support options

You can find information about care and support on our dedicated information and advice pages

Dementia

If someone receives a dementia diagnosis they and their family will have questions, including about what support they will receive.

Age Scotland has produced a range of guides to help you, including a guide to dementia and benefits. You can read and download them here

Looking for more information on benefits?

Read about other social security payments on our benefits guide page

The Age Scotland Helpline

Call our helpline on 0800 12 44 222 for free to speak to an adviser. Our advisers can perform entitlements checks and help you to claim if you're missing out. Lines are open Monday to Friday 9am - 5pm. 

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