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Attendance Allowance is a non-contributory, tax-free, non
means-tested benefit for severely disabled people older than 65
years of age. It caters for care needs and is paid at two rates,
depending on the level of help someone needs with their personal
Who can claim?
You may get Attendance Allowance if:
- you have a physical or mental disability, or both;
- your disability is severe enough for you to need help caring
- you are aged 65 or older when you claim.
If you are younger than 65, you may be able to get Disability Living Allowance.
Attendance Allowance is not affected by any savings or income
you may have.
Special rules if you are terminally ill
If you have a progressive disease and you are not expected to
live for more than another six months there are special rules for
claiming to make sure you get your benefit more quickly and
How to satisfy the disability conditions
You may be able to get Attendance Allowance for help with
personal care, even if no one actually gives you any help. The help
must need to be frequently throughout the day or through the day
- need help with washing, dressing, using the toilet, medication,
treatment, mobility indoors, seeing etc.
- need someone to keep an eye on you.
How to claim
Claim packs can be obtained by phoning 0800
882200 or 08457 123456.
Attendance Allowance leaflet
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