Attendance Allowance rates have increased – how to claim the state pension age benefit | Personal Finance | Finance
The payment is paid weekly at two different rates. The one a person gets comes down to the level of help they need, as per the Government’s two definitions.
If circumstances change, it may be a person ends up getting a different rate.
The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) warns Attendance Allowance recipients must report a change of circumstances.
As well as the monetary side of Attendance Allowance, other forms of financial support may be available.
For example, recipients of the benefit may be able to get extra Pension Credit or Council Tax.
Britons should check with the helpline or office dealing with the benefit.
Who is eligible for Attendance Allowance?
It’s possible to get Attendance Allowance if a person has reached state pension age, and the following apply:
- The person has 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).
Additionally, they must also:
- Be in Great Britain when they claim – there are some exceptions, such as members and family members of the armed forces
- Have been in Great Britain for at least two of the last three years (this does not apply if they are a refugee or have humanitarian protection status)
- Be habitually resident in the UK, Ireland, Isle of Man or the Channel Islands
- Not be subject to immigration control (unless they’re a sponsored immigrant).
People who live in a care home can still claim Attendance Allowance if they pay for all the care home costs themselves.
Usually, a person can’t get Attendance Allowance if they live in a care home and the care is paid for by their local authority.
Attendance Allowance can be claimed by those eligible via post.
The benefit can be backdated to the date of the claim.
Usually, this will mean the date the form is received or the date the person calls the enquiry line – if they then return the claim pack within six weeks.